The UN Security Council has turned into a factor of intervention and pressure in African conflicts: Ramirez
This debate had the participation of Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; Haile Menkerios, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union; Teté Antonio, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations; and Macharia Kamau, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission.
“Unfortunately, the national interests of some members of the Security Council regarding countries and conflicts in Africa turn this organ into a factor of intervention and pressure, as it has been evidenced in the fact that about 70% of the Security Council sanctions regimes are implemented on African countries”.
The Venezuelan diplomat highlighted the important role of the African Union as a mediator in conflicts affecting the continent; thus, stressing the importance of strengthening and consolidating the work between both multilateral organizations.
“It is essential that the United Nations Security Council gives the African Union a more active role when taking action on issues concerning the region. Unfortunately, we have witnessed with concern that this Security Council tends to implement measures included in Chapter VII, instead of resorting to Chapters VI and VIII of the UN Charter that gives relevance to the peaceful settlement of disputes and regional arrangements, neglecting the need to include the African Union in these processes” he added.
Ramirez also stated that Venezuela grants a special relevance to regional and subregional organizations for the peaceful and political solution of conflicts, as well as to the joint work of those organizations and the United Nations to move forward to achieve common goals.
"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"