US, Latin America allies to weigh sanctions on Venezuela

Published September 19, 2019, 8:34 AM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By the Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Colombia’s ambassador to the US says 18 countries of the Americas will meet Monday to consider multilateral sanctions against Venezuela.

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido speaks during a weekly session at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Venezuela’s opposition-led congress has again thrown its support behind Guaidó, saying he’ll serve as the crisis-wracked nation’s interim president until they’ve ended Nicolás Maduro’s grip on power. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos/MANILA BULLETIN)
Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaido speaks during a weekly session at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Venezuela’s opposition-led congress has again thrown its support behind Guaidó, saying he’ll serve as the crisis-wracked nation’s interim president until they’ve ended Nicolás Maduro’s grip on power. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos/MANILA BULLETIN)

Francisco Santos says Colombia expects to get the required 13 votes during the meeting in New York. His government accuses Venezuela of harboring terrorists.

The 70-year-old Rio Treaty says a threat to any member is a threat to all.

Sanctions can include loss of diplomatic recognition, an economic boycott or even military action. Santos says that last option is off the table.

Many of the countries at the meeting already have withdrawn recognition of Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro in favor of opposition leader Juan Guaidó, though his effort to oust Maduro has so far failed.

Venezuela withdrew from the Rio Treaty, but the members have accepted Guaidó’s request to rejoin.

 
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