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Rafael Ramírez: Our agenda within the United Nations Security Council aimed at breaking with the monopoly

2016-03-01

The agenda of Venezuela during its presidency of the United Nations Security Council aimed at breaking with the monopoly of the five permanent members of this organ (Russia, China, United Kingdom, France, and the United States), in order to discuss more relevant issues faced by the world today, said Ambassador of Venezuela to the United Nations, Rafael Ramírez, in an interview for Dossier, tv show of VTV.
 
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.


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