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Venezuela Requests That UN Security Council Study Colombia's Armed Conflict

On Wednesday, November 25 the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela filed a request with the UN Security Council asking that the body study the ongoing armed conflict in Colombia. The conflict poses a serious threat to international peace and stability, a situation that has been exacerbated by the installation of seven U.S. military bases in Colombian territory, stated Caracas.

The request was made in accordance with Resolution S/ 1894 of the Security Council and is part of the official letter that the Venezuelan Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs submitted to the President of the Security Council, Thomas Mayr-Harting, on Wednesday.  Ambassador Jorge Valero, Venezuela's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, submitted the official letter in response to a letter filed two weeks ago by the government of Colombia to the Security Council.

Ambassador Valero summarized the content of the document and explained that Venezuela has been the most affected country by the deepening of the ongoing civil war in Colombia, which “has left more than 100,000 dead and resulted in millions of refugees; Venezuela has received more than four million of them.”  Venezuela has also been affected by the systematic violence in Colombia, which is especially felt along the border due to drug trafficking, paramilitary activities, kidnapping and paid assassinations.

The letter indicates that regional peace and stability are at stake and in “that framework, our government will take all necessary measures in order to guarantee, always within the legal framework and with the utmost respect for the constitution of the Republic, the security of the nation, as well as the peace and well-being of the people of Venezuela."

The official letter emphasizes that the deployment of US Armed Forces, as well as US intelligence agents, in these seven bases “are aimed to project the global reach of a superpower that pretends to dissuade, by using the threat of military intervention, countries that have a critical position regarding their imperialistic policies”. “This was evident in the project to request financial resources to improve the Military Base at Palanquero – by US $46 million— drafted by the US Air Force and approved by the Congress of the United States”, says the document.

For more details, please read the summary introduced by Ambassador Jorge Valero (Spanish).

Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the UN Press Office/ Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S. Press and Communications Office/November 25, 2009

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