Security Council: Venezuela demands to stop bombing hospitals in conflict areas
This session was held with the participation of Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General to the United Nations; Mr. Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross; and Ms. Joanne Lui, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières.
Ramirez recognized the efforts of the medical and humanitarian staff that works under these situations and deemed their work as an “extraordinary example of humanity and hope for peoples who are so deeply affected by the violence and the horror. Attacking health-care workers is a barbarity that cannot be justified under any circumstances.”
On the other hand, he said that it is unacceptable that medical and humanitarian staff, as well as the institutions destined to assist the injured civilian population during conflicts, are turned into military targets. He affirmed that the location of hospitals and healthcare facilities in war zones are widely known to avoid attacks and bombings.
The Venezuelan diplomat stated that the United Nations Security Council plays an essential role in the solution of this situation that puts the lives of millions of civilians, healthcare workers, humanitarian staff, and the facilities where they work at risk.
Ramirez ratified Venezuela’s disposition to help to solve these conflicts and guaranteed that the Bolivarian country has never been part of any coalition.
“We have all the political, moral, and ethical force to call upon countries that participate in conflicts to cease the killing and violence against humanitarian workers, and we, as a member of the Security Council, will do everything necessary to ensure that the horrors of war that we are seeing in these regions are at least brought under control. The most important thing is for us to achieve peace and for the extraordinary healthcare and humanitarian workers to be able to continue to be deployed and do their magnificent work in favor of life and human beings”
"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"