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


USA tries to "divide" Latin America, claims Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations


The Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Rafael Ramirez, believes that the United States are trying to “confuse and divide” Latin America with their policies oriented at a region which it still “ignores”.

“It relieves the sanctions to Cuba with one hand, but then it uses the other to try to subdue us. It will not do so” pointed out Ramirez in an interview with EFE, in which he strongly criticized the renewal of the sanctions decree against his government by the US President Barak Obama.

The Venezuelan representative to the United Nations considers that this policy “encourages” the “violent sectors” of the “opposition”, who “believe they have the complacency of the US administration to carry on with any adventure outside the constitution”.

“This is also a political sign to the region that the United States continues to believe it is the police of the world” added Ramirez, who regretted that the USA “instead of cooperating, continues to impose an anachronistic, imperial and interventionist vision far from the real situation in Latin America”.

Although Ramirez welcomes the “courage” of Obama to make changes in the country’s policy regarding Cuba, he deems “contradictory” that he still maintains, at the same time, his current attitude towards the Government of Nicolas Maduro.

“I think this is an evidence of the scope of the United States of confusing and dividing Latin America. The country beats some and helps others” he explained.

The relations between the two countries have reached their “lowest level”, and the ambassador stated that his country will continue to “denounce” this “terrible international campaign” that the United States, in his opinion, has against Venezuela.

"There is a great deal of misinformation, manipulation, and major interests behind all of this” affirmed the diplomat, who before being appointed to the UN, was in charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and before that, for twelve years, the Ministry of Energy.

Ramirez regretted that “political issues” between Spain and his country, and criticized the “persistence in using Venezuela for the Spanish internal affairs”.

“There are some people believe that, in order to discuss electoral issues in Spain, by attacking our country they are winning votes. I think it is the opposite, the Spanish electorate, with so many issues in their country, must be fed up that the politicians continue to talk against Venezuela” he expressed.

The Ambassador believes it is unbearable that some parties are trying to obtain political benefits to the expenses of Venezuela.

“It would be necessary to tell those Spanish politicians to leave us alone, that the colonial times have already passed” he insisted.

Ramirez, who currently holds a seat at the UN Securtiy Council, along with the USA and Spain, stressed that such bilateral situations do not affect the activities at the forum, and recalled that, in spite of the differences, there have reached agreements in a great deal of matters, such as the important resolution to support the cease of hostilities in Syria.

However, Venezuela is critical of the way that the highest decision making organ of the United Nations operates.

"We believe the Security Council should not follow a double standard. You cannot be mean to the Government of Bashar Al Asad and nice to the Government of Yemen. The bombing against Syria cannot be bad and those against Yemen good. There cannot be such incoherence because those messages the organ transmits lose credibility” he expressed.

In his opinion, “that is part of the UN Crisis”; a body in which his country firmly believes, but considers that it is necessary to renew its bodies to make them “more democratic and transparent”.

For instance, he pointed out that his country raised the question of Palestine to the Seecurity Council in eight occasions during a month, but got no results.

“Palestine has probably been the most resounding failure of the Security Council in its possibilities of solving a conflict because it has been under discussion for over 60 years. It is absurd”, he stated; arguing that the right to veto of the permanent members is one of the main obstacles, while criticizing the attitude of Israel”. EFE