Minister of Foreign Affairs, Delcy Rodriguez, met UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
The defense of human rights is an area of priority for the Venezuelan Government according to Rodriguez, who also mentioned that “Venezuela has accomplished important goals that have granted it awards and recognition of specialized agencies of the United Nations, as well as of other international organizations”. These accomplishments include the eradication of hunger and reduction of poverty in the country, and the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals. “We have integrated the 2030 Agenda in our public policies and in Venezuela’s economic agenda” she stated.
After the meeting, the Venezuelan diplomat explained that last year, President Nicolas Maduro requested the Secretary-General to activate the figure of the good officer, included in the Geneva Agreement to solve the territorial dispute for the Guayana Esequiba.
“This negotiating process will allow us to find, within the legal framework of the Geneva Agreement, a solution for both parties regarding this territorial controversy”, said the Minister, who also thanked the Secretary-General for mediating in the search of a peaceful solution to the territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana.
Invitation to NAM
The Foreign Minister took this opportunity to extend a formal invitation to the Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, to attend the next Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), to be held in Margarita Island from 13 to 18 September this year, with the participation of different Heads of State members of this organization.
Venezuela defends the respect for legality in Mercosur
Another element addressed by the representative of the Bolivarian Diplomacy of Peace was that related to the legality within the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR). In this regard, she explained that the handover of the Pro tempore presidency of the organization has to be automatic, after six months, in alphabetical order of the member States. If there are no objections to this, it is to Venezuela to take over the presidency.
"United Nations, now, in the 21st Century and for the third millennium, should focus all of its efforts, to the utmost, on moral, intellectual, scientific, social, cultural, economic and financial order, in the fight against the demons of hunger, poverty and death that scourge our planet."
"We will take with us to the UN a voice that repudiates terrorism and speaks out in favour of world peace; that respects the sovereignty of peoples and has the credit of the 181 countries who voted for us, not as an imperialist power that conquers peoples, but with our Bolivarian vision of peace and the right to exist."
"We must speak clearly and firmly on this point: during the United Nations’ 70 years of existence, the Palestinian people have faced a constant lack of respect for the most basic rights, and it is shameful that this organisation has known about the situation since it was founded and to date no political solution to the conflict has been reached"
"Venezuela will now, more than ever, be an active voice in the defence of the sovereign equality of nations; in particular of the inalienable rights of the peoples of the South to development and peace"