The Venezuelan strong man Nicolás Maduro will "fight" to make sure he leaves power, said a top regional diplomat Saturday after a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
"We have always said with dictators, with tyrants, we do not dialogue," said Paraguayan Foreign Minister Luis Castiglioni to journalists. "Tigers and dictators are being fought, fought. We have to fight them to restore the fundamental freedoms of the Venezuelan people so that they can live with dignity again."
Pompeo traveled to Asuncion capital as part of a four-country swing through Latin America this weekend where he meets with partner governments to strengthen the opposition to maduro. Paraguay is a member of the Lima Group, a 1
"We are convinced that all diplomatic efforts to isolate this regime will have short-term results," Castiglioni said when asked if Paraguay would support a military intervention against Maduro. "It will have concrete results, and these results will be seen from the reaction of Venezuelan peoples, by Venezuela's very armed forces."
Maduro has retained control of the Venezuelan military through Cuban security officials, backed by diplomatic support from Russia and China. The Venezuelan crisis has given rise to a high-profile diplomatic battle between the three major world powers over who is illegally intervening in Venezuelan affairs.
"Everyone knows about Venezuela, the blitzkrieg change failed, but the Americans do not deny the goal of overthrowing the legitimate president, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday and drew an apparent analogy between Pompeo's diplomatic efforts and Nazi tactics used in the beginning of World War II. "" The Americans even beat the infamous Monroe doctrine out of the woods, "Lavrov said." They do not seem to understand that they oppose the entire Latin American world and not only in the Latin American world. "
Pompeo dampened these" hypocritical "criticisms throughout his journey." It's almost fun to say right? "He told Voice of America Saturday." The Cubans own the security device … The people of Venice, uela, want their own security. They want their own democracy. They want Venezuelans to lead their nation, not people from a small island, and not people from Russia. "
Castiglioni's sharp rhetoric helped underline Pompeo's argument that Maduro is against important regional nations, not just the United States." It is also a commitment from Paraguay to defend democracy, public freedoms, human rights will be outside our boundaries, "he said." It will be in the region, in the hemisphere and throughout the world. "