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Guaidó plans to go personally to the UN General Assembly

September 16, 2019

WASHINGTON, Sep 16 (Reuters / EP) –

The self-proclaimed “president in charge” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, plans to go personally to the United Nations General Assembly, where he initially intended to send a delegation, to attend the meeting of the member states of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR ), as reported on Monday by the ambassador of Guaidó in the United States, Carlos Vecchio.

Guaido announced on Saturday from Bello Monte that he would send a special representative to the annual summit to inaugurate the new session of the General Assembly, which will take place next week at the UN headquarters in New York.

However, Vecchio has revealed that Guaidó studies attending in person, although at the same time he has stressed that the head of the National Assembly has not yet made a final decision.

Vecchio has explained that Guaidó's intention is that the meeting of the TIAR advisory body that was agreed to convene last week to analyze its eventual application to Venezuela be held during the General Assembly.

The states parties to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), a regional agreement that contains a collective defense clause, have decided on Wednesday to convene the consultation body to analyze the situation in Venezuela.

“The most important thing is to increase the pressure on the dictator. He is not only a threat to Venezuela, but also to the continent and that is the bottom line that the region must understand,” Vecchio said, according to the Center of National Communication, who acts as the press office of Guaidó. “Maduro is a threat, let's not underestimate him,” he said.

The convening of the consultation body, approved last week in the framework of the OAS by twelve countries, is the first step to activate the TIAR, which includes a wide range of diplomatic and economic measures before reaching the last resort: the armed force .

The TIAR, baptized as the Rio Treaty, contains a kind of collective defense clause that would allow the other signatory countries to act in case of an assault against one of them.

The Government of then President Hugo Chávez ordered in 2012 the withdrawal of Venezuela from the TIAR, at the same time as Ecuador, Bolivia and Nicaragua, but in July the National Assembly led by Guaidó ordered the reintegration of the country into the treaty in July.