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UN: No humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, but an economy facing blockade – Venezuelan FM02:47

UN: No humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, but an economy facing blockade – Venezuelan FM

United Nations, New York City
February 12, 2019 at 23:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

"There is no humanitarian crisis, there is an economy facing a blockade," the Foreign Minister of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza said during a press conference held in UN headquarters in New York City on Tuesday.

The Venezuelan foreign minister said that the government has recovered "one million tons of food" that they have been able to distribute to the people of Venezuela. He also denied claims that the Tienditas bridge on the border with Colombia had been barricaded to block aid into the country, instead claiming "it has never been opened. The Tienditas bridge that you see on TV has never been operational."

Arreaza went on to rebuke the opposition for "betting on civil war, violence, and on a coup d’etat," but added that despite their differences, “they are our brothers and sisters, all of them, leaders, deputy Guaido, all of them. They are our Venezuelan compatriots, and brothers and sisters. It is our duty to sit down with them to dialogue.”

UN: No humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, but an economy facing blockade – Venezuelan FM02:47
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"There is no humanitarian crisis, there is an economy facing a blockade," the Foreign Minister of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza said during a press conference held in UN headquarters in New York City on Tuesday.

The Venezuelan foreign minister said that the government has recovered "one million tons of food" that they have been able to distribute to the people of Venezuela. He also denied claims that the Tienditas bridge on the border with Colombia had been barricaded to block aid into the country, instead claiming "it has never been opened. The Tienditas bridge that you see on TV has never been operational."

Arreaza went on to rebuke the opposition for "betting on civil war, violence, and on a coup d’etat," but added that despite their differences, “they are our brothers and sisters, all of them, leaders, deputy Guaido, all of them. They are our Venezuelan compatriots, and brothers and sisters. It is our duty to sit down with them to dialogue.”