Rafael Ramírez: Our agenda within the United Nations Security Council aimed at breaking with the monopoly
This Monday, Venezuela handed over the presidency of the Security Council to Angola, after having presided over the international organ during February. The presidency of the Security Council rotates on a monthly basis among its members, following an English alphabetical order of the names of the member States.
“During our presidency, we first raised the discussion of our own points of interest, our national topics; that is, those matters of interest for our country, such as the peace in Syria, the humanitarian situation in Yemen, the situation in Palestine, the situation of the occupied territories in Western Sahara. Our presidency was very open to the rest of the members of the Assembly, so these could be aware of the issues discussed”, expressed Ramirez.
The United Nations Security Council held, during the presidency of Venezuela, over 25 work sessions, 14 out of which were extraordinary meetings (outside the established agenda), and three debates. These debates discussed the interferences of imperial powers in countries around the world, the respect to the Charter of the United Nations, and the peacebuilding efforts in different nations.
To this regard, he criticized the silence of this international body in the face of the constant attacks against the Palestinian people, promoted by members of the Security Council that protect the government of Israel.
"We want Palestine to be talked about (…). The silence of the Security Council is outrageous, and that is why we, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, as it has been our stance with Commander (Hugo) Chávez and President Nicolás Maduro, have always denounced the Israeli occupation and demanded a solution based on the existence of two-States; but, in order for this proposal to be successful, Palestine needs exist as a State”, stressed the Venezuelan Ambassador.
Furthermore, Venezuela will preside over this year the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, which was created in 1961 with the scope of expediting the eradication of this scourge.
"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"