Venezuela reveals anti-US coalition with the UN
UNITED NATIONS – It was almost one who is the US enemy, surrounded by Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Thursday by some of the world's most infamous human rights violators. He announced the formation of a group of countries which he said would defend the United Nations Charter.
In an effort to combat what the Nicolas Maduro government has claimed to be the threat of a US-led coup and flanked by more than a dozen ambassadors and diplomats from countries such as Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Syria, China and Russia read off Arreaza a statement that defended the Charter and the principles of non-intervention.
These principles included respect for the sovereignty of all states. The principles also encouraged states to refrain from using force against any state and respecting territorial integrity.
Referring to the sanctions imposed on his country by the United States, he said that all people "have the right to live without the threat of the use of force and without the use of illegal, compulsory, unilateral measures." 1
9659003] Arreaza said the new group would perform "a series of actions to raise awareness of the dangers that our people are currently facing, especially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. We urge all UN member states to to join in defending international law as the only guarantee of … peaceful coexistence. "Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, center, surrounded by diplomats from several countries, including Russia, China, Iran and Syria, on Thursday's announcement. (AP Photo / Bebeto Matthews) “/>
Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, center, surrounded by diplomats from several countries, including Russia, China, Iran and Syria, on Thursday's announcement. (AP Photo / Bebeto Matthews)
A Western diplomat said the message in the new Venezuela-led group was "totally incompatible with how far most Member States actually behave in the real world. So I think it was ridiculous and the countries they could to draw together certainly emphasize the fact. "
Jonathan Wachtel, a former director of communications for ambassador Nikki Haley at the United States Mission to the United Nations, told Fox News:" It says that these defenders of Maduro in United Nations happen to be representatives of governments who have been accused of securing power for themselves, rather than letting the democratic process give them legitimate power. "
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Wachtel continued: "The story shows that their attitude was an affront to most Venezuelans who want a government that truly represents them."
Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mans, who surprised some observers by showing his support to the besieged Maduro government, told reporters that the group had signed up for 50 members.
Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said his country was very worried that "some hotheads must consider a military action against Venezuela," saying it would be a very "bad development".
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He was asked if he was encouraged by the support of the Maduro government by some US lawmakers, including the rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., As he said, "Reasonable people are everywhere, including in Congress."
Both Russia and the United States have circulated duel draft resolutions on Venezuela to the Security Council. While no vote is expected this week, it seems that Russia and China are likely to use their veto to stop the US draft from passing.
Associated Press contributed to this report.