Lima Group appeals to ICC for "Maduro crimes"
The [url=https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/ar/Story/t/114316/%D9%85%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B9%D8%A9 %D9%84%D9%8A%D9%85%D8%A7]Lima Group[/url] decided on Monday to inform the International Criminal Court of the "crime against humanity" in Venezuela, where President Nicolas Maduro uses force against his people and prevents humanitarian aid.
" The 14 member countries of the group have decided to resort to the International Criminal Court to take into account the dangerous humanitarian situation in Venezuela and Maduro's criminal violence against the civilian population and its refusal to introduce international assistance, " [url=https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/ar/Story/t/114316/%D9%85%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B9%D8%A9 %D9%84%D9%8A%D9%85%D8%A7]the Lima Group[/url] said in a final statement read by Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo. Acts constituting a crime against humanity ".
US Vice President Mike Pence said his country did not rule out military intervention to topple Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while Washington asked the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the situation in the crisis-ridden country.
"We hope for a peaceful transition to democracy, but President Donald Trump was clear: all the options are on the table," Bens said after meeting Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guido at the Lima Group meeting in Colombia.
Pens confirmed Trump's full support to Guaido. "Trump has come here to stand by you and with our friends and allies in Venezuela," he said.
Four people were killed and hundreds wounded in clashes at the Venezuelan-Brazilian border between security forces and civilians seeking assistance.
Hundreds were wounded in violence at the border with Colombia and Brazil. This prompted the United States to invite the Security Council to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the situation in Venezuela.
Diplomats expected the council to hold an open session on Tuesday.
The United States is leading the voices calling for the recognition of Guaydou, backed by some 50 countries including Britain, France, Germany and a number of Latin American countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.
But Russia and China continue to support Maduro, causing international divisions that have made the United Nations in trouble.