April 30, 2019 / 4:36 PM / 3 months ago

U.N. chief urges 'maximum restraint' in Venezuela to avoid violence

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges maximum restraint in Venezuela to avoid violence, a U.N. spokesman said on Tuesday, after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a military uprising to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

“The Secretary-General urges all sides to exercise maximum restraint and he appeals to all stakeholders to avoid any violence and take immediate steps to restore calm,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters, adding that Guterres was available to mediate if both sides requested his help.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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