[News] Colombia's Uribe To US Business Leaders: Help Take Out Maduro

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  Colombia's Uribe To US Business Leaders: Help Take Out Maduro

Published 5 August 2018
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A video was revealed on Sunday showing former Colombian president, 
Alvaro Uribe, telling a group of listeners that Venezuelan soldiers need 
to “remove” President Nicolas Maduro from office.

The recording was released just 24 hours after two air drones carrying 
explosives were detonated above President Maduro and several members of 
his administration on Saturday as the head of state addressed a large 
crowd at the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard in 
Caracas. Maduro and other Venezuelan officials are saying that 
right-wing factions in the United States, Venezuelan and Colombia 
<http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Venezuelas-Foreign-Minister-Probe-Into-Attack-Against-Maduro-Points-to-US-Colombia-20180805-0026.html>are 
behind the drone bombs.

In the video the former president and current Congress member says in 
English: "I have said this in public, I have said that the Venezuelan 
soldiers need to remove that government (of Nicolas Maduro), not to 
establish a military government, but to call for a rapid transition, 
with democratic and transparent elections.

"When I say that the United States should help promote that decision, it 
is in private, for us," Uribe tells the small group of U.S. business 
leaders at his home in the Rio Negro, Antioquia on Saturday, hours 
before the failed attack on Venezuela’s head of state.

    Soldados de Venezuela en mora de remover a Maduro y su régimen, y
    que haya elecciones transparentes.

    Un nuevo Gbno democrático para que frene la profundización de la
    crisis humanitaria y evite el terrorismo y el riesgo de más violencia

    — Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) 5 de agosto de 2018
    <https://twitter.com/AlvaroUribeVel/status/1026201684471697408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>

“Venezuelan soldiers need to remove a Maduro and his regimen and hold 
transparent elections. A new democratic gov in order to stop the 
deepening of the humanitarian crisis and avoid terrorism and the risk of 
more violence.”

Later on Sunday, Uribe repeated what he said at his home over his 
Twitter account: “Venezuelan soldiers need to remove a Maduro and his 
regimen and hold transparent elections.” He added in his tweet, “a new 
democratic gov in order to stop the deepening of the humanitarian crisis 
and avoid terrorism and the risk of more violence.”

It is not the first time that the right-wing Colombian politician has 
sought military intervention to overthrow Maduro from his presidential post.

In August 2017 during a congressional session Uribe told his fellow 
lawmakers: "We think that the Armed Forces of Venezuela, instead of 
continuing to assassinate the people, they should demand that the 
'tyrant' step aside. Some say that would be a coup, is not it?"

Uribe is himself under investigation by Colombia’s Supreme Court 
forbribery and witness tampering 
<http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Colombia-Uribe-to-Appear-Before-Supreme-Court-in-September-20180731-0007.html> 
in a case against him for allegedly masterminding a violent paramilitary 
group in his home department of Antioquia while he served there a 
governor between 1995 and 1997.

The former president has politically groomed incoming president, Ivan 
Duque, also of the Democratic Center party. The two have long been 
opposed to the 2016 peace accords reached by FARC and outgoing president 
Manuel Santos. Duque will be sworn in on Tuesday, August 7.

Colombian media added that the Congress member intends to hold another 
private meeting at home with US lawmakers attending the this week’s 
inauguration in Bogota.

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