Venezuelan permanent ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Samuel Moncada denounced on Thursday in the Security Councy that the United States government is permanently military threatening Venezuela.
The Venezuelan diplomatic also warned against the attempts of coup d’etat against the democratically elected government led by President Nicolas Maduro, attempts that are perpetrated through the illegal entry of the so-called “humanitarian aid.”
He highlighted the violent actions of some groups of people, linked to the Venezuelan opposition, violently tried to enter trucks with the so-called “humanitarian aid” through the border bridges. “It was an international incident that has been deliberately ignored (…) It constitutes hostile acts against our nation and a violation of the founding charter of the U.N.,” he said.
According to Moncada, there were still masked people throwing incendiary bombs from Colombia towards Venezuela and he denounced military training of mercenary groups in the border. In this context, Moncada criticized the position of the U.S. representation in the Security Council, which refused to approve a resolution that explicitly rejected the possibility of the use of military force in Venezuela.
Venezuela demanded respect for the principles of sovereignty, self-determination and non-intervention contained in the founding charter of the UN.
The United Nations Security Council state members met on Thursday to vote on two opposed projects of resolution on Venezuela that were presented by Russia and the United States, respectively. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass. None of these resolutions passed in the Security Council.
The U.S. draft resolution garnered the minimum votes, Russia and China cast their vetoes. South Africa also voted against the text, while Indonesia, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast abstained.
On the other hand, the Russian resolution had four votes in favor, seven against and four abstentions, so this initiative was not approved either. The Russian draft resolution expresses concern over threats to use force against Venezuela as U.S. President Donald Trump has said: “all options are on the table” in dealing with Venezuela.