On the basis of the Security Council’s primary responsibility, the permanent representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations (UN), Samuel Moncada, demanded on Wednesday that the body investigate the illegality of the economic measures adopted by the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom to the detriment of the Latin American country.
In his speech during the Security Council session on the situation in Venezuela, the Ambassador stated that the crisis was the result of a plan of economic destruction implemented by the United States and the United Kingdom in order to “strangle” the national economy, provoke maximum social suffering and undermine the capacities of the Venezuelan State.
“And in the end to provoke an implosion that would enable a foreign military intervention, based on the nefarious notion of the responsibility to protect that has been the excuse for colonial invasions of countries that have oil. It is a colossal human experiment in unconventional warfare, a policy of calculated cruelty, a mass violation of human rights,” he warned.
Along the same lines, he denounced that the aim of this strategy is to isolate Venezuela from the international commercial and financial systems.
“It is about the systematic application of aggression through the use of financial instruments, undue pressure and use of dominant market positions to influence the banking sector, private entrepreneurs and other nations doing legal business with Venezuela. Even the United Nations agencies themselves are being extorted,” he said.
In this context, Ambassador Moncada asked the Security Council to determine the following:
1. What is the legal basis in international law and in the United Nations that would allow the United States and the United Kingdom to apply a program of economic destruction to Venezuela?
2. What legal authority is there to apply secondary sanctions to countries that legally trade with Venezuela?
3. What is the legal basis in international law under which the United States threatens Venezuela with the use of military force?
4. What is the legal authority for the United States and the United Kingdom to appropriate Venezuela’s wealth?
5. What is the legal basis for the United States to intervene in matters of domestic jurisdiction in the affairs of Venezuela in violation of Article 2.7 of the Charter of the United Nations?
“The situation in Venezuela has to be solved, but if we make a mistake in the diagnosis we will also err in the treatment for its relief,” reflected the Permanent Representative to the UN.
The U.S. will fail in its attempts
The Venezuelan ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) also denounced the point made by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence about the illegal resolution adopted Tuesday in the Permanent Council of that hemispheric organization.
“Yesterday, in their eagerness to carry out a coup d’état in Venezuela, to impose a puppet government, they sacrificed the fundamental charter of that organization and so twisted the law that what they approved was not the expulsion of the representative of Venezuela but the inclusion of a representative of the National Assembly. This is a legal absurdity because the OAS, like the UN, belongs to states, not to assemblies,” he argued.
Ambassador Moncada also denounced Washington’s pretensions to elevate a similar approach within the United Nations.
“To convince them to impose a puppet government here at the United Nations (…) There is no basis in international law for what he is doing; and we are sure that when the United States sets out the trap they laid at the OAS in the UN General Assembly, they will fail,” the diplomat added.
Translation by Internationalist 360°