The BL News-Across Latin America-02-15-2019

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The BL News-Across Latin America-02-15-2019

-Maduro tries to prevent humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela
- The Colombian president declared that the meeting with President Trump was "very productive."
- Bolivia seeks to "restart" dialogue with Chile on maritime sovereignty
- American and Colombian First Ladies warn of effect on children

Maduro tries to prevent humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela.

Nicolás Maduro sent forty prisoners to the border with Colombia to block the entry of international humanitarian aid into Venezuela.


the socialist leader responded to the ultimatum given by the self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaidó.
Guaidó established February 23 as the deadline for the army - loyal to Maduro - to allow the entry of food and medicine, after declaring a humanitarian crisis.
The authorities related to Maduro who denounce that the aid is a "Trojan Horse" that would open the way for possible foreign intervention, confirmed the arrival of 933 tons of medicines from their allies, Cuba and China.


The Colombian president declared that the meeting with President Trump was "very productive."

Colombian President Iván Duque called the meeting with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump "very productive.”

The Colombian President assured, in his second day of official visit in Washington, that the meeting has strengthened the bonds between both countries.
He stressed the possible creation of a bi-national agenda on issues such as tourism, renewable energy, security, and trade.
He also reaffirmed the commitment of both countries in the fight against terrorism.
He also met Carlos Vecchio, the ambassador appointed by Venezuela's self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaidó, to whom he reiterated his support.

Bolivia seeks to "restart" dialogue with Chile on maritime sovereignty.

Bolivia asked Chile to restart dialogue to regain sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean, which they lost during the 19th-century war.

The petition came four months after the Hague Court exempted Chile from the discussion.
At the time, Chile's Foreign Minister, Roberto Ampuero, invited Bolivia to look to the future and abandon the request.
The Bolivian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Diego Pary, recalled that the International Court of Justice also advocated the continuation of the talks.
Based on the Court's decision, Bolivia has urged the neighboring country to restart dialogue to find a definitive solution to the maritime isolation that Bolivia has suffered for almost 140 years.

American and Colombian First Ladies warn of effect on children.

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and her Colombian counterpart María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval exchanged ideas about the opioid crisis.

During a luncheon at the White House, they highlighted the devastating impact these drugs are having worldwide, especially on children and young mothers.
Mrs. Trump, who is trying to reduce the effects of these substances on future generations with her Be Best Children's Foundation, urged parents and communities to be aware of the seriousness of the problem.
She also reiterated that she would continue to foster organizations, programs, and individuals that help children overcome this and other problems they face as they grow up in the modern world.

That and more can be found on our website, for the BL News, I’m Rich Crankshaw, we’ll see ya next time.

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