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Venezuela's Gauido rejects Mexico, Uruguay offers to mediate

Associated Press logo Associated Press 01/02/2019
Opposition National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela, takes part in a walk out against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Venezuelans are exiting their homes and workplaces in a walkout organized by the opposition to demand that Maduro leave power. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) © The Associated Press Opposition National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela, takes part in a walk out against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Venezuelans are exiting their homes and workplaces in a walkout organized by the opposition to demand that Maduro leave power. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says he's respectfully declining offers from the presidents of Mexico and Uruguay to negotiate with President Nicolas Maduro.

Guaido on Friday made public a letter that he's sending to both leaders. He urged them to be on the right side of history, saying that remaining neutral in the political struggle aligns them with Maduro.

Guaido declared last week that he's interim president of Venezuela and vowed to topple Maduro's administration. He's backed by the United States and roughly two dozen nations.

He says his priority is to hold democratic elections.

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The United States also rejects offers from Mexico, Uruguay and the Vatican to mediate a dialogue.

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