UN Cautions against Giving a Political Tone to Humanitarian Aid in Venezuela

On Wednesday, the United Nations cautioned against using aid as a hostage in Venezuela, after the US sent food and medicine to the nation’s border and blamed President Maduro of blocking the delivery of the aid with trucks and shipping containers.

US officials stated that trucks carrying aid had reached Colombia so that it can be delivered to Venezuela at Juan Guaido’s appeal, who proclaimed himself as the temporary president last month. Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State stated that the Venezuelan people critically need the humanitarian aid. The US along with other nations are trying to help Venezuela; however, Venezuela’s military under the instruction of Maduro is blocking the aid by using shipping tankers and trucks. He even posted a photo of a road being blocked on Twitter.

Maduro’s government has refused to accept that his facing a humanitarian crisis, instead he is stating that the economic problems of Venezuela are because of sanctions. Venezuela is battling with hunger, hyperinflation prediction at 10 million percent in 2019, and preventable diseases.

On 4th February, Maduro stated that Venezuelans were “not beggars” and he would not let the nation be humiliated. The United States could try to get the consent of the United Nations Security Council to deliver aid without Maduro’s assistance, but Russia would probably block such an action.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that humanitarian acts should remain free from military, political, or other objectives.

Last month, Guaido wrote to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, seeking help in managing the nation’s worst crisis. However, as Venezuela’s seat in the 193-member world body being belonging to President Nicolas Maduro’s government and Guterres was unable to increase the humanitarian response in Venezuela without Maduro’s approval or U.N. Security Council’s permission.

Even though most of the EU nations have accepted Guaido as the provisional president of Venezuela, it has also prompted angry response from China, Russia, and few other left-leaning Latin American states.

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