Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 01:23:35 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter
BREAKING NEWS:

Maduro says deal reached with Red Cross to send Venezuela aid

photo by AP photo

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denies that Venezuela is suffering from a humanitarian crisis and blames US sanctions for his country\'s economic woes.

By
12th-Apr-2019       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

AFP, Caracas :
President Nicolas Maduro announced Wednesday an agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross to bring humanitarian aid into Venezuela.
The oil-rich country is enduring acute shortages of food, medicine and other basics, and Maduro is locked in a power struggle with the increasingly popular leader of the opposition, national assembly speaker Juan Guaido.
In an about-face, Maduro said on national TV and radio that his government and the Red Cross had agreed "to work together with UN agencies to bring into Venezuela all the humanitarian aid that can be brought."
Maduro denies that Venezuela is suffering from a humanitarian crisis and blames US sanctions for its economic woes.
In January Guaido tried to lead a drive to bring in donated food and medicine from Colombia and Brazil but the effort failed as the army, which is loyal to Maduro, blocked shipments at the border.
Maduro argued that letting in such assistance, much of it provided by the US, would be the first step towards a US intervention.
On Wednesday he said this new aid campaign should be "managed without political maneuvering, without farcical politicization and through the channels of legality and respect."
The UN says a quarter of Venezuela's 30 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid.
A United Nations agency says 3.7 million Venezuelans are malnourished and 22 percent of children younger than age five suffer from chronic malnourishment.
Besides the shortages of food and medicine, Venezuela is saddled with hyperinflation that is running at an estimated 10 million percent this year. That leaves people's wages all but worthless.
Maduro is a former bus driver who worked his way up the political ranks and is the handpicked successor of the late socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez.
In his announcement Wednesday, Maduro said this new aid campaign should be "managed without political maneuvering, without farcical politicization and through the channels of legality and respect."
A quarter of Venezuela's 30 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid, an internal UN report said last month.
UN estimates say 3.7 million Venezuelans are malnourished and 22 percent of children younger than age five suffer from chronic malnourishment.
Besides the shortages of food and medicine, Venezuela is saddled with hyperinflation running at an estimated 10 million percent this year. That leaves people's wages all but worthless.
Last week the Red Cross issued a statement saying it was "concerned by the serious impact" that the situation in Venezuela was having on people especially those without access to basic services.
The government is saddled with a drop in revenue from oil-the source of 96 percent of its hard currency-and its banishment from financial markets because of US economic sanctions.
The US increased pressure on Maduro Wednesday as Vice President Mike Pence asked the United Nations to recognize Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, telling the Security Council: "Nicolas Maduro must go."
Washington will present a draft UN resolution aimed at recognizing the opposition leader, revoking the credentials of Maduro's UN envoy and appointing Guaido's representative as the ambassador to the world body, Pence told the council.
"The time has come for the United Nations to recognize interim president Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela and seat his representative in this body," Pence said.
Maduro shot back by saying in a televised speech that he had seen Pence "making a fool of himself in the United Nations Security Council" with his appeal.
"I cannot understand his arrogance and self-importance, his racial supremacism," Maduro said.
He has maintained control with support from the military, Russia and China. Russia last month sent troops to Caracas, raising tensions between Washington and Moscow.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly said all options are on the table, hinting at US intervention in Venezuela.
Venezuel's collpase has driven more than 3.4 million people from the country and that figure is expected to reach 5.3 million by the end of the year, according to the UN.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Football »

In 1 game, Bale shows he can still contribute at Real Madrid


AP, Madrid :Just like that, Gareth Bale is part of the solution for Real Madrid again.After only one game back as a starter, the player who wasn't wanted by coach Zinedine Zidane a few weeks ago showed he can still contribute to the team.Zidane started Bale in the team's Spanish ...

International »

Sudanese army and civilians seal interim power-sharing deal


Reuters, Khartoum :Sudan's main opposition coalition and the ruling military council on Saturday signed a final power-sharing deal that paves the way for a transitional government, and eventually elections, following the overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.Tens of thousands of people of all ages took to the streets of the ...

Entertainment »

Bindu Kona’s Eid celebration


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Bindu Kona is a popular singer of present time. Eid celebration of the singers is really exceptional to them specially for whom who has to be engaged with stage shows round the year. Bindu Kona has to engage with stage shows round the year in and outside ...

Football »

Bayern Munich target Coutinho arrives for medical ahead of loan move


Philippe Coutinho has arrived at Bayern Munich to complete his medical as he edges closer to sealing his loan move from Barcelona.The Brazilian midfielder has agreed to join the Bundesliga champions on a season-long loan deal - with Bayern having the option to make the deal permanent at the end ...

Editorial »

Find out a sustainable solution to protect leather market


ALTHOUGH tanners were supposed to start buying rawhide at the government-fixed rates, merchants refused to sell, demanding the payment of a "considerable" portion of their arrears. It comes after seasonal traders, farmers and madrasas across the country threw away thousands of pieces of rawhide of sacrificial animals, approximately Tk 100 ...

International »

British MPs press Johnson to recall parliament over Brexit


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under pressure Sunday to immediately recall lawmakers from their summer holiday so parliament can debate Brexit.More than 100 MPs have written to Johnson to urge him to reconvene and let them sit permanently until October 31 - the date Britain is due to leave ...

City »

Aporajeyo Bangladesh, a social organisation, formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club yesterday demanding punishment to the persons responsible for low-price of hide and skins.


Editorial »

Jugglery of growth figures failed to create jobs


BANGLADESH'S economic growth though mesmerising, it has been proved over the past decade that jobs could not be created proportionately for the youths keeping adjustment with the growth. Besides, female participation in the labour force shrank in the last nine years, especially in rural areas. As a result employment elasticity, ...

Cricket »

Mashrafe seeks two months to ponder about his retirement


The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has shelved the idea of arranging a one-off ODI against Zimbabwe to give Mashrafe Bin Mortaza a grand farewell after the ODI captain asked the board to give him two months to think about his future.The decision to cancel the plan came after BCB president ...

Football »

Guardiola backs Sterling to reach 30-goal mark


AFP, Manchester :Pep Guardiola wants to see the on-form Raheem Sterling break the 30-goal barrier for the first time in his career this season, but will only judge the England forward on his overall contribution to the Manchester City team.Sterling has started the new campaign in prolific form, scoring in ...

City »

Bangabandu Sangskritik Jote paid tributes to Poet Shamsur Rahman by placing floral wreaths at his grave in the city's Banani on Saturday marking the 13th death anniversary of the poet.


International »

Hundreds defy restrictions, join protests in Kashmir


AP, New Delhi :Hundreds of people protested an unprecedented security crackdown and clashed with police Friday in Indian-controlled Kashmir, as India's government said it was constantly reviewing the situation in the disputed region and the restrictions there will be removed over the next few days.The U.N. Security Council met on ...

International »

Discussions on Afghan peace deal go ‘very well’, says Trump's spokesman


The White House says President Donald Trump's talks with his national security advisers to discuss Afghan peace talks went "very well" and that negotiations with the Taliban "are proceeding."Officials on August 16 said Trump was meeting with his top advisers to review negotiations with the extremist group about a possible ...

Entertainment »

Kona finally admits her secret marriage


Entertainment Desk :Popular singer Dilshad Nahar Kona revealed  on Thursday  that she had tied the knot with the person she loved, on April 21 of this year. Her husband, Golam Md Iftekhar, is a businessman, and has been in a relationship with Kona for seven years.Kona was heard saying to ...

Editorial »

Clashes among groups of govt followers on national mourning day


NEWSPAPERS reported that at least 22 people, including former Awami League lawmaker of Nilphamari-3 and upazila unit AL vice-president Golam Mustafa, were injured in a clash between two rival groups of the party in Jaldhaka of Nilphamari on Thursday. The clash took place when the groups hosted separate programmes to ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news