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Colombian president to Pence: Military intervention in Venezuela 'shouldn't even be considered'



Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, said he doesn’t think the U.S. should consider the possibility of military intervention in Venezuela.

“Since friends have to tell them the truth, I’ve told Vice President Pence the possibility of military intervention shouldn’t even be considered,” Santos said, according to CNN.

 

“The Latin American continent, every country in Latin America, would not favor any form of military intervention, and that is why we are saying we are intent on looking into other measures, some of which are already underway and others to be implemented in the future.”

 

Santos added that a transition in Venezuela toward democracy needs to be a “peaceful transition.”

 

“It must be hopefully a democratic transition,” he said. “And it must be done quickly.”

The comments come after President Trump last week refused to rule out a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela.

“I’m not going to rule out a military option,” he told reporters at his New Jersey golf club.

“Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering and they’re dying,” he said. “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.”

Tensions in Venezuela have boiled over in recent months, with widespread protests against the increasingly autocratic government of President Nicolás Maduro.



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