Ramírez: Expansion of terrorism has exacerbated instability in the Sahel
We would like to stress that the focus must be on sustainable development in the region, not on a purely military perspective. Not addressing the structural causes of the conflicts will only lead to more violence
Ramírez indicated that the civil population of Libya and Mali are those most affected by the political instability and the lack of security in the Sahel region.
“We are concerned that terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and Al Qaeda, among others, have intensified their operations in the Sahel region, bringing with them the inevitable consequences of the horror that they spread and an increase in the number of displaced people and refugees”.
The Venezuelan diplomat highlighted that, given the complex situation currently existing in Libya and Mali, priority has been given to efforts financing the security sector despite the critical socioeconomic needs suffered by the people of this region.
“While we acknowledge the advances made by the United Nations 2014-2016 Humanitarian Strategic Response Plan for the Sahel in responding to acute and chronic needs in the region, including capacity-building for Governments, we are concerned that humanitarian programmes in the Sahel continue to be underfunded. We therefore call on the international community to continue to commit itself to efforts mobilising resources in order to alleviate urgent humanitarian needs in the Sahel.”
Ramírez added that the African continent has historically been an objective of the colonialist ambitions of powerful nations interested in pillaging its natural wealth, which has cost its peoples suffering.
"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"