Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


Rafael Ramirez expressed concern over the situation in Somalia due to the presence of Al-Shabaab


Rafael Ramirez, in his capacity as Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations Security Council, expressed Venezuela’s concern over the continued presence of Al-Shabaab and the attacks produced by this group against the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), the national forces and especially to civilians.


Ramirez said that the growing influence of ISIL in the aforementioned African country could benefit both organizations, which would represent a severe threat to peace and security in Somalia.


He stressed the importance of consolidating an agreement between the Federal Government and the regional government for the use of the country’s natural resources, reaffirming the sovereignty of States in dealing with natural resources.


Situation in Eritrea


Ramirez requested, in the presence of the Security Council, to review the situation in Eritrea, since the conditions that led this UN body to impose secondary sanctions are not the same; which are the connections between Eritrea and Al-Shabaab, as well as land differences between Eritrea and Djibouti.


Likewise, he said that Venezuela considers that the Committee on Somalia and Eritrea engage in activities that go beyond its mandate to investigate the dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Venezuela emphasized that sanctions are not an end in themselves, they represent a means for the political solution of conflicts and achieving lasting peace.