Venezuela condemns violence against medical and humanitarian personnel in armed conflicts
Rafael Ramirez, Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations stressed that “We find it unacceptable that health workers and medical personnel have become military targets in war zones. It cannot be tolerated that hospitals are bombed, that doctors, the wounded and sick are murdered in the same hospitals”.
Ramirez gave these remarks after the unanimous adoption of a new Security Council resolution on the protection of the wounded and sick, medical personnel, facilities and means of transport in armed conflicts, which was sponsored by Egypt, Spain, Japan, New Zealand and Uruguay.
Ramirez urged the members of the Security Council not to allow this resolution to be simply diplomatic rhetoric while called upon some UN members that are part of coalitions in armed conflicts to recognize their actions against the international humanitarian law.
“We believe that the first concrete step that must be taken by the Security Council is to ensure that its members who participate in such conflicts, coalitions or wars denounce and punish their allies or armies that flagrantly flout the laws that we are discussing today”. Ramirez pointed out.
Furthermore, the Venezuelan diplomat denounced that the attacks against healthcare facilities and personnel constitute deliberate actions that try to cause anguish and distress in the civilian population.
"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"