Radio NZ report:
The United States is calling on the international community to pick a side in the dispute over who should be recognised as Venezuela’s leader.
President Nicolás Maduro is under pressure after his rival Juan Guaidó declared himself “acting president” on Wednesday.
Several countries, including the US, the UK, Canada and some Latin American nations, already back Mr Guaidó as president.
But Russia, China and Syria are still recognising the socialist leader Nicolás Maduro, who also appears to have the backing of the military.
Russia, China and Syria on one side – I would have thought be pretty easy to choose a side. But alas no.
New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Peters, said it’s not New Zealand’s practice to make statements recognising governments.
Which is de facto support for the status quo.
So Syria, China and Russia back the socialist regime that has destroyed the country’s economy. Who is on the other side. So far I make it:
- Organisation of American States
I would have thought it would be pretty simple to work out which side one should be on.