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Guaido doesn’t exclude foreign intervention

The self-proclaimed US-backed ‘president’ of Venezuela Juan Guaido has claimed he would not rule out the possibility of ‘authorizing’ a foreign military intervention to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

Juan Guaido told AFP he would do “everything that is necessary” in order to “save human lives” – not ruling out the admittedly “controversial subject” of calling on foreign powers, and the United States in particular, to intervene militarily in Venezuela to remove Nicolas Maduro from power.

EU sets contact group for Venezuela

“On Venezuela: First of all, I have seen a very united position among Member States on a position we have already expressed several times, but it was reiterated strongly today – that is that the Presidential elections that were held in last May in Venezuela were lacking democratic legitimacy”, said EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini at the press conference following the first day of informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers in Bucharest.

“This is why the European Union and its Member States decided not to attend the inauguration of Maduro on 10 January and this is why we underline strongly and all united today our full support to the National Assembly as the democratic, legitimate body of Venezuela and the strongest possible support to its President in its institutional role.

“We have decided the establishment of an international contact group that has been agreed among our Member States and with some Latin American countries that will participate in it. I believe the terms of reference of this international contact group can be made public, as an act of transparency. 

“The objective of this international contact group that will be coordinated by the European Union will be, first of all, to have a limited time framework – 90 days – to promote a common understanding and a concerted approach among key international actors on the situation in Venezuela, aiming at a peaceful and democratic outcome for the crisis. The group will help to build trust and create the conditions that are necessary for a credible process to emerge in line with the relevant provisions of the Constitution of Venezuela, enabling Venezuelans to determine their own future through the holding of new elections, with all guarantees for a free and fair electoral process that can be supervised by international, independent observers. 

“The objective – and I want to underline it very clearly – is not to open a formal mediation process and not to open a formal dialogue, but to support a political dynamic that the group can then further accompany and consolidate.

The group has a clear mandate with different phases and a clear time framework, because the work and the results possibly achieved by the contact group will be reviewed after 90 days of its creation, and it will be terminated in the absence of sufficient progress.

The first meeting of the group shall take place at ministerial level in Latin America – hopefully we will be able to convene it already next week. We will have meetings both at ministerial and at technical level and, as I said, it will have a permanent secretariat for these initial 90 days in the EU. Part of the group will be on the European Union side – obviously, the European Union, but also some of our Member States: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the UK – and on the Latin American side we already have confirmation from Ecuador, Costa Rica, Uruguay and Bolivia. And we are waiting for confirmation from another few countries of which I would not mention the name today. But hopefully in the coming one or two days I will be able communicate them to you.”

“As you see, it is countries that have different positions and that will help the contact group to have contacts to accompany the process, in particular of new presidential elections” Mogherini concluded.

However not everyone believes the American narrative about Maduro being a tyrant, there are more free voices on social media, accusing Trump administration in seeking control over the largest in the world oil resources.

Putin approves of US troops removal from Syria

Vladimir Putin said that agrees with the assessment of Donald Trump that the terrorist group, the Islamic State (ISIS/Daesh) was in general  defeated.

As for the victory over the Islamic State, I agree with the US President in general,” Putin said at annual news conference. “We’ve achieved considerable transformation in the struggle against terrorism in these territories and caused severe damages to the Islamic State in Syria.

The  presence of the US troops in Syria is “not necessary” Putin added. “Let us not forget that the presence of US troops in Syria is not legitimate” he continued, poiting that  there is no UN Security Council resolution to justify it. A military contingent can stay there only under a UN resolution or at the invitation of Syria’s legitimate government. “We are in Syria at the government’s invitation” the President concluded.

The United States has neither”, so pulling out the troops if a “right decision” Putin said.

 

 

 

Trump reluctant to blame Crown Prince Khashoggi assassination

President Donald Trump called a CIA assessment accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggivery premature” and said he will receive a complete report on the case in coming days.

On his trip to California, Trump said the killing “should never have happened.” The report on Tuesday, November 20, will explain who the U.S. government holds responsible for killed Khashoggi and what the overall impact of his assassination is, Trump added. It was unclear who is producing this final report.

Trump also said the CIA finding that Crown Price was responsible for the killing was “possible.” Trump made the remarks hours after the State Department said the government was still working on determining responsibility for the death of Khashoggi, a US based Washington Post columnist.

Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. “There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi.

Trump points at Europe illegal immigration “mess”

While a flow of migrants in two ‘caravans’ is moving through Central America in hope to settle in the United States, President Trump  has issued a number of messages in his Twitter micro blog. The latest one is addressed to “advocates” of illegal immigration referring to European experience as a negative example. “…Take a good look at what happened to Europe over the last 5 years. A total mess! They only wish they has that decision to make over again”.

The population  left the crime-ridden city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras on 13 October. From there, the migrants walked on foot to Nueva Ocotepeque, and then crossed into Guatemala.

Their aim is to reach the United States where they say they want to start a new life away from the criminal gangs which control parts of Honduras.

But US President Donald Trump, who campaigned on a promise to curb illegal immigration to the US, said he would not let the caravan  cross into the US.

Keeping the promise is essential for reputation of his Republican Party at stake in the forthcoming midterm elections on 6 November.

 

Iran blames Ahvas attack to U.S. and allies

Following the deadly attack during the  military parade in southwestern of Iran’ Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said it was linked to the United States’ “allies in the region” and ordered security forces to bring the perpetrators to justice.

More than twenty killed, including 12 Revolutionary Guards, and another 60 were injured in a terrorist attack carried out during a military parade in southern Iran’s Ahvaz on September 22, the IRNA news agency reported.

At least dozen members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an elite military force, were slain in the attack, the Tasnim news agency reported earlier

The Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement in Ahwaz has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Four gunmen in a military uniform opened fire at the crowd from behind the stand, the reports said. The shooting lasted for about 10 minutes. Two gunmen were killed and two others were detained. According to a spokesman for Iran’s IRGC, the terrorists targeted both the military and the civilians, who had been invited to attend the event.

 

 

#Basra: Clerics call Iraqi PM to resign

Shia clerics call Iraqi Prime minister resignation over ongoing anti-corruption riots in #Basra. This comes as the Iraqi government has reportedly imposed a state of emergency in the Basra province in connection with the riots.
The UN Special Representative Kubiš condemned violence in as harmful to people’s needs, and urged the government to take resolute action while respecting the right of people for peaceful demonstrations for their legitimate demands.
Meanwhile the protesters attacked many sites in the city, setting offices ablaze. The indignant crowd in Iraq’s Basra have moved into the nearby oilfield, in which Russian oil giant ‘Lukoil’ is a major stakeholder. They stormed it and took two hostages, later freeing them unharmed.

The crowd forced its way into a water treatment facility linked to the West Qurna-2 oilfield managed by Lukoil,  a source within the Russian energy company and local police source reports. The protesters took two local employees hostage. However, less than an hour later Reuters agency reported that the protesters left the facility peacefully and set both employees free.

No Lukoil employees were injured in the incident, a source told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. 

Meanwhile the Iranian Consulate was set ablaze by indignant crowds.

The United States condemned violence against diplomats, including that which occurred  in .

 

 

 

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