Pope calls for just, peaceful solution for Venezuela

In his first remarks on Venezuela, Pope Francis called for a peaceful solution to the crisis.
Pope Francis (left) talks with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela upon landing at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City on Jan 23, 2019.
Pope Francis (left) talks with Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela upon landing at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City on Jan 23, 2019. PHOTO: AFP

PANAMA CITY (REUTERS) - Pope Francis, in his first remarks on the Venezuelan crisis, called on Sunday (Jan 27) for a just and peaceful solution that respects human rights.

"Faced with the grave situation it is going through, I ask the Lord that a just and peaceful solution is sought and achieved in order to overcome the crisis, respecting human rights (and) the good of all the people of the country," he said.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro rejected an international ultimatum to call elections within eight days and said opposition leader Juan Guaido violated the constitution by declaring himself interim leader.