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At the UN, Venezuela Calls for Peace

Venezuela advocates for the construction of an equal and just world at the UN Security Council. Rafael Ramírez, Venezuela’s United Nations Ambassador, said that it is essential to join forces to reverse the impact of colonialism, of the degradation of natural resources and of the unjust social, economic and financial structure, which are elements of an unsustainable production model imposed on the planet.
During his speech at the Security Council, he also spoke about inclusive development and maintaining peace, while noting that the most serious threats to security and stability do not come from the countries in the global South.
Ambassador Ramírez called on the global community to have a frank and open in efforts to tackle the root causes of the political, economic and social inequalities that are the sources of conflicts and threats to peace. “Having done that we will be in position to find solid and permanent solutions,” he said.
Ramírez emphasized that development should be the highest priority, including promised aid from rich states, technology transfers, fair trade and the restructuring of sovereign debt.
Furthermore, he noted that the UN Security Council is not the appropriate agency to discuss development affairs, even though “its decisions in the field of international peace can have a positive impact on the long-term development of nations.”
Venezuela joined the UN Security Council on January 1 after having won widespread support for its candidacy from the General Assembly in October 2014.
In his first speech as Venezuela’s Ambassador to the UN, Ramírez noted that his country is joining the council with renewed optimism, a strong commitment to peace, respect for sovereignty and the willingness to cooperate.

Prensa Latina / Press – Venezuelan Embassy in the US / January 21, 2015

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