TEHRAN (defapress) - US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday slammed Venezuela as an "increasingly violent narco-state" that poses a threat to world security at a UN meeting boycotted by Russia and China.
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Publish Date: 14November 2017 - 11:29
Haley said the informal Security Council meeting was to draw
international attention to the political and economic crisis in Venezuela,
which is teetering on the brink of default, AFP reported.
But key Security Council members Russia and China refused to
attend as did Bolivia, a non-permanent council member close to President
Nicolas Maduro's government, and Egypt.
Addressing the meeting, Haley said "the situation in
Venezuela is more than a human tragedy," adding that the crisis
"poses a direct threat to international peace and security."
"Venezuela is an increasingly violent narco-state that
threatens the region, the hemisphere and the world," she said.
Addressing reporters outside of the meeting hall, the
ambassadors of Russia, China and Bolivia joined Venezuela's UN envoy, who
declared the meeting "illegal" and a violation of the UN charter.
"This is a hostile act by the United States and clearly
an act of interference," said Venezuela's Ambassador Rafael Ramirez.
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the US-led talks
amounted to "meddling in the domestic affairs of Venezuela" and
declared that the Security Council should not become involved.
The refusal by Russia and China to attend the meeting meant
that the United States would face strong opposition in pushing for council
action to address the crisis in Venezuela.
Venezuela has been in turmoil since anti-government protests
in April left more than 100 dead as the country reels from shortages of food
On Monday, the Caracas government was meeting with credits
in a bid to stave off a default from US$150 billion (RM628.4 billion) in debt.
Over 600,000 Venezuelans have moved across borders in the
region this year alone, citing fears of crime, repression and food insecurity,
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein told the meeting.
"If no steps are taken to confront the serious human
rights violations in Venezuela, I am very much concerned about the negative
destabilizing effect it could have on the region as a whole," he said.
Haley said the fact that Venezuela had exerted pressure on
council members not to attend the meeting was "proof" of