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Pence asks UN to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's leader

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US Vice on Wednesday asked the to recognize as the legitimate of Venezuela, telling the Security Council: "Nicolas Maduro must go."

will present a draft resolution to the aimed at recognizing Guaido and appointing his as the to the world body, Pence told the council.

"The time has come for the to recognize interim as the legitimate of and seek his in this body," Pence said.

The is among some 50 that recognize Guaido, the opposition who declared himself in January, and consider Maduro to have lost legitimacy.

Maduro has maintained control with support from the military, and last month sent troops to Caracas, raising tensions between and

A draft resolution recognising Guaido is certain to be vetoed by

A bid by the to win support for elections failed at the in February, with Russia and vetoing a US-drafted resolution.

After appealing for UN recognition for Guaido, Pence turned to Venezuela's Samuel Moncada, who was seated in the council chamber, and said: "With all due respect Mister Ambassador, you shouldn't be here." He advised him to return to and convey the message to Maduro that "his time is up. It's time for him to go."


The called the council meeting after a UN report detailed the heavy toll of the crisis from the collapse of Venezuela's

Seven million people -- 25 per cent of Venezuela's population -- are in need of humanitarian aid, lacking basic access to and medical care, UN told the council.

rates have trebled over the past five years, particularly affecting children under five, and power outages are worsening access to clean water, threatening a major spread of

More than 3.4 million people have left the country -- triggering a migrant crisis in neighbouring countries, and that figure is expected to reach five million by the end of the year.

"There is a very real humanitarian problem in Venezuela," said Lowcock, who asked the council to support a ramping up of the international aid response.

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First Published: Wed, April 10 2019. 21:55 IST
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