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The UN Security Council has turned into a factor of intervention and pressure in African conflicts: Ramirez

2016-05-24

Rafael Ramirez, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations, stressed at a UN Security Council open debate that this organ of the United Nations, entrusted with ensuring international peace and security, has turned into a factor of intervention for nations in conflict.

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.


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