While President Trump continues some saber rattling in regard to Venezuela, whose economic implosion has caused a migration surge to neighboring countries that overshadows his concerns about the US border with Mexico, Latin America leaders are firmly against
The latest to give the notion a thumbs down is Colombia ’s newly elected president Iván Duque, who said on Monday, September 3 that military intervention led by the United States is not the answer. Duque leads a country ravaged by over 50 years if internal warfare and knows the cost of fighting unwinnable wars against determined insurgents.
The president, who will receive his US counterpart, In November, advocated a strategy that “diplomatically isolates the government of Nicolás Maduro “and allow the Venezuelans to move towards a democratic “transition “.
“I think the United States is the first to understand that a military intervention is not the way “, emphasized Duque less than a month after taking office
In an interview with Caracol Radio, the head of state added that the “international pressure”
It has to lead to “the Venezuelan people themselves, including their institutions – or what remains of them- to allow that transition “towards a new government.
Colombia, the main destination of Venezuelan migration leads the efforts in the region to try to corral Maduro, by disqualifying his government as a dictatorship
The Venezuelan crisis has triggered hyperinflation that may reach 1,000,000% this year, according to the IMF, and an acute shortage of food and medicines, and has hit South America, with the massive arrival of people fleeing from the situation.
Around 2.3 million Venezuelans (7.5% of the population of 30.6 million) live abroad, of which 1.6 million have emigrated since 2015, when the economy worsened, according to the UN.
However, Maduro denies the immigration crisis and even its vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, says these versions are a plan “to justify intervention” in their country.
The issue of Venezuela will be on the table at the meeting of Duque and Trump, who in the past evoked the option to intervene militarily in Venezuela, the country with the largest oil reserves in the world. “Military interventions, especially today in the context of Latin America, do not have any kind of support and should not be the way, “Duque insisted