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