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President Ch?vez Demands Stop to "Historic Crimes" Against Palestine

Palestine Requests Member Status at UN

On the occasion of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro held a bilateral meeting with his Palestinian counterpart, Minister Ryald al-Maliki, during which he handed over a copy of the letter sent by President Hugo Chávez to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon . In the message by Chávez, which was officially submitted to the UN today, the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela ratifies its full support for and solidarity with Palestine and its request to be granted full member state status at the UN.

The letter by President Chávez analyzes the “historic crimes” committed against the Palestinian people and explains the reasons why the UN and governments around the world should grant recognition to Palestine. Chávez states: “I want to make myself clear: It is one thing to denounce anti-Semitism, and an entirely different thing to passively allow Zionistic barbarism to enforce an apartheid regime against the Palestinian people.”

Speaking today in New York, Foreign Minister Maduro echoed these sentiments, saying: “Looking beyond the current situation, there is a need to reestablish, with justice and recognition, the Palestinian people.”

“The time has come at the United Nations, which is the multilateral organization for peace, to do right by the Palestinian people,” Maduro added.

While in New York, Maduro plans to hold bilateral meetings with several delegations and groups at the UN.

Read here the original letter.

Photo: Néstor Sánchez Cordero

Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs / Press Office – Embassy of Venezuela to the U.S. / September 20, 2011

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