Rep. Bass comments on Venezuela

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WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations issued the following statement after Juan Guaidó called for an uprising against the government of President Nicolás Maduro and indicated he had military support.

“The focus of the U.S. government should be on supporting efforts both to bring about a peaceful solution to this crisis and to provide aid to the people of Venezuela. We must encourage adherence to the rule of law and under no circumstances support irregular unconstitutional transfers of power. Military intervention would contribute to deepening political divisions, increased insecurity, and decrease the likelihood of a peaceful solution to the crisis. It would also place a further strain on the Venezuelan people, some of whom have been without food, water or power for months. The United States has a significant history in Latin America and we must learn from the past and avoid misguided desires to intervene. We must be on the right side of history.”

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