Pence asks UN to recognise Guaido as Venezuela’s leader

US Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday asked the United Nations to recognise Juan Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, telling the Security Council: “Nicolas Maduro must go.”

Washington will present a draft resolution to the Security Council aimed at recognising Guaido and appointing his representative as the ambassador to the world body, Pence told the council.

“The time has come for the United Nations to recognise interim president Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela and seat his representative in this body,” Pence said.

The United States is among some 50 countries that recognise Guaido, the opposition leader who declared himself interim president in January, and consider Maduro to have lost legitimacy.

Maduro has maintained control with support from the military, Russia and China. Russia last month sent troops to Caracas, raising tensions between Washington and Moscow.

A draft resolution recognising Guaido is certain to be vetoed by Russia.

A bid by the United States to win support for elections failed at the Security Council in February, with Russia and China vetoing a US-drafted resolution.