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


Venezuela demands colonialist countries to cease the violations to the Charter of the United Nations


Ramírez highlighted during his statement the importance of putting an end to the current colonization process in more than 17 territories worldwide, over Africa, Europe, the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, where the so-called Administering Powers misuse the natural resources of the territories and prevent them from the possibility of their self-determination or independence.
“Therefore, in the final stretch of the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (2011-2020), we urge the colonialist countries to cease their violations to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and General Assembly resolutions, while assuming their responsibility in assuring the right to self-determination and granting the independence to Non-Self-Governing territories under their control. At the same time, we urge the colonialist countries to end the human rights violations of the peoples under occupation and to put an end, once and for all, to colonialism” stressed Ramírez.
The Venezuelan diplomat reaffirmed the support of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela with the cause for Independence of Puerto Rico, although this territory is not included on the list of 17 Non-Self-Governing territories, but it has a territorial situation with the United States that has impacted negatively the economic development of the island.
During its statement, Ramírez advocated for the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera, Borinquen independence fighter who has been imprisoned in the United States for over 35 years.
On the other hand, Ramírez talked about the occupation of the Argentinian territory of the Falkland Islands, where the United Kingdom continues to carry out colonialist practices in contravention of the international law.
“We urge to engage in negotiations between the governments of both parties, in order to find a peaceful and negotiated solution to the sovereign dispute related to this question, in accordance with international law, including the UN General Assembly resolution in this regard.”
Likewise, Ramírez discussed the issue of Western Sahara, last colonial territory in the African continent, which he considered “an unaccomplished decolonization process” while representing a flagrant violation of international law.
“We recall resolution 34/37 (1990) which deplores the aggravation of the situation as a result of the continued occupation of the territory of Western Sahara by Morocco and urges this country to take part on the peace dynamics and put an end to the occupation; at the same time, it designates the Polisario Front as representative of the people of Western Sahara and it recommends its participation in the search for a fair, lasting, and definite solution to this question” he said.
The Permanent Representative of Venezuela expressed the importance of holding the referendum for self-determination, which has been delayed for 25 years, in spite of it being a mandate of the UN General Assembly and Security Council.
“Moreover, we condemn the obstacles set by the Government of Morocco to the Saharawi aspirations for freedom, including the recent actions that have directly affected the mediating efforts of the United Nations and its Mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO). We urge the compliance of General Assembly resolutions.”
Finally, Ramírez insisted on the need to put an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory, and it urged the return of those territories to the people of Palestine, in order to reach a two-State solution to this conflict that has lasted for over 70 years.