The crisis in Venezuela today poses a direct threat to
international peace and security. Venezuela is an increasingly
violent narco-state that threatens the region, the hemisphere, and
the world, Washingtons ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, declared
during the session.
Also present at the meeting were Organization of American States
Secretary General Luis Almagro and UN High Commissioner Human
Rights Prince Zeid bin Raad, both vocal critics of the government
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The meeting was also boycotted by Bolivia and Egypt, who
objected to Washingtons interference in Venezuelan internal
The situation in Venezuela is an issue that is entirely the
responsibility of Venezuelans and of course does not constitute a
threat to international peace and security, said Bolivian UN
Ambassador Sacha Llorenty at a press conference alongside his
Russian, Chinese, and Venezuelan counterparts Monday.
Thanking the other nations for their support, Venezuelan UN
Ambassador Rafael Ramirez denounced the US for abusing its
prerogatives as a permanent UNSC member to impose its geopolitical
agenda in violation of the UN Charter.
He likewise accused Washington of double standards in its
expressed concern for human rights in Venezuela.
It doesnt stop being paradoxical that the United States tries to
present itself to the world as a defender of human rights when it
applies the death penalty, discriminates against its minorities,
mistreats and assaults immigrants, contemplates torture, has
prisons like Guantanamo and a long history of wars and invasions,
Mondays UNSC meeting comes as the European Parliament formally
approved an arms
embargo against Venezuela as part of what it termed
restrictive measures aimed at putting pressure on the Maduro
The EU also reporte...