Venezuela defends the sovereign right of countries to manage their natural resources
"Our country, like many developing countries, are major producers of natural resources and these resources in our economies are a vital resource for stability. We believe that in no way the Security Council, let alone a sanctions committee, should affect the possibility that countries have the right to manage natural resources that we hope benefit their people," Ramirez said.
Ramirez made this statement in the context during a United Nations Security Council meeting where the renewal of the Sudan (Darfur) sanctions committee was approved, however Ramirez said that sanctions should be the last means of conflict resolution.
"Venezuela reaffirms that a peaceful solution is the only way to end the armed conflict in Darfur, through a direct and inclusive political dialogue between the conflicting parties, without preconditions, leading to stability, development and lasting peace in that country, in order to also put an end to the complex humanitarian situation resulting from this, "said the President of the Security Council, in his national position.
"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"