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Venezuela: Opposition-led assembly rejoins treaty endorsing military intervention01:51

Venezuela: Opposition-led assembly rejoins treaty endorsing military intervention

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Caracas
July 23, 2019 at 22:21 GMT -00:00 · Published

Venezuela's National Assembly unanimously approved a law returning Venezuela to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance at an open-air session in Caracas on Tuesday.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido requested an urgent motion to sanction the re-incorporation, six months to the day when he first proclaimed himself president of Venezuela.

"Relying on third parties is not what we are saying. It is to fully re-join the Inter-American System. It is to attend the emergency, it is to end the suffering," said Guaido.

After deputies unanimously raised their hands, thus passing the bill into law, Guaido said Venezuela is "not afraid of any space as long as it approximates solutions and puts an end to the suffering of our people which has already gone through a lot."

The regional defence treaty is widely viewed by the opposition as a precursor to requesting foreign military intervention to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The treaty, signed in 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, states that an attack on one of the members - which include most large Western Hemisphere countries - should be considered an attack on all. Venezuela and its left-wing allies in Latin America left the alliance between 2012 and 2013.

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Venezuela's National Assembly unanimously approved a law returning Venezuela to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance at an open-air session in Caracas on Tuesday.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido requested an urgent motion to sanction the re-incorporation, six months to the day when he first proclaimed himself president of Venezuela.

"Relying on third parties is not what we are saying. It is to fully re-join the Inter-American System. It is to attend the emergency, it is to end the suffering," said Guaido.

After deputies unanimously raised their hands, thus passing the bill into law, Guaido said Venezuela is "not afraid of any space as long as it approximates solutions and puts an end to the suffering of our people which has already gone through a lot."

The regional defence treaty is widely viewed by the opposition as a precursor to requesting foreign military intervention to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The treaty, signed in 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, states that an attack on one of the members - which include most large Western Hemisphere countries - should be considered an attack on all. Venezuela and its left-wing allies in Latin America left the alliance between 2012 and 2013.

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