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


Rafael Ramírez: The question of Palestine is the most resounding failure of the Security Council


Rafael Ramírez, Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, regarded the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory as the “most resounding failure of the UN Security Council”. 

The Venezuelan diplomat delivered his statement at the Security Council Open Debate, in which the Secretary-General of the Organization, Ban Ki-moon, presented a detailed report of the situation on the ground.

“This Council has disappointed millions of Palestinian people that have trusted for more than 60 years in this organ as guarantor of international peace and security, in the search for a solution to this conflict. However, the occupation and colonization of Palestinian territories not only continues, but it moves forward, taking a toll on lives and permanent violence”, stated Ramirez.

In this regard, Ramirez explained that the main obstacle for the consolidation of peace in the Middle East is the stalemate of the peace process between Israel and Palestine, which affects the stability in the region. 

The Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory are illegal and have experienced a 250% increase in 2016, compared to the same period in 2015; even so, the Security Council has not condemned this situation.   

Ramirez condemned the arbitrary arrests against underage victims, as well as the murdering of civilian population in the hands of Israeli security forces.

“The occupying Power must commit to put an end to all sorts of aggressions against the Palestinian people, such as killings, extrajudicial executions, administrative detentions, demolitions and expulsions, collective punishment, land expropriation, and all those violations to human rights and to international humanitarian rights used by the occupying Power to oppress the Palestinian population”.

The Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations emphasized that some members of the Security Council are responsible for the inaction surrounding the Palestinian situation.

Moreover Ramirez reiterated the request of Venezuela of including Palestine as a full member of the United Nations, and stressed the need to reach a two-State solution, based on internationally recognized borders.