U.N. diplomacy seeks to solve the problem of disrupted humanitarian aid flows in Venezuela

The United Nations criticised stakeholders in the Venezuelan crisis on Wednesday that the provision of humanitarian relief to the country shall not be used as leverage to attain political purposes. The U.N. intervention came a day after Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro authorised the creation of security outposts across road networks connecting his country with neighbouring states. The security outposts will supervise entry and exit of transportation from Venezuela, effectively barring entry to foreign aid convoys.

Upon request by self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido, an emergency humanitarian aid convoy was set up for Venezuela in neighbouring Colombia. The barring of entry for international assistance convoys was heavily criticised by state officials who have already recognised Mr. Guaido as the new President of the Venezuelan republic. For his part, President Maduro warded off foreign criticism over the presence of a looming humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The Venezuelan President claimed that he did not wish to see his citizens begging for humanitarian assistance – a humiliation for the country’s glorious tradition.

So far the U.N. Spokesman Stephane Dujarric urged all sides in conflict to refrain from politicising humanitarian aid flows. It is believed, although not proved so far, that the U.N. Spokesman has taken steps under his good offices mandate to find a mutually-acceptable solution that would facilitate the eventual entry of international humanitarian assistance in Venezuela.

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