Havana, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, called Thursday to reject the draft resolution the United States is pushing for in the UN Security Council, despite international pressure to soften it.
No one should be fooled: it would be used (the resolution to be approved) for regime change and aggression under humanitarian pretext. It should be rejected in defense of peace’ ,he wrote on Twitter about the project to be voted on this afternoon in the 15-member UN body, the only one with binding power in its decisions.
Rodriguez pointed out that Washington softened its initiative, which in a previous version was more hostile, although the current one continues to represent open meddling in Venezuela, in line with plans to overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution and its leader, Nicolas Maduro, elected at the polls last May by a wide margin. According to sources aware of the content of the project, which will probably be vetoed by Russia, a country which submitted a rival text, the U.S. document calls for the facilitation of humanitarian aid aimed at alleviating an alleged crisis in the South American country.
It also intends to involve the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in the call for the holding of ‘free, fair and credible presidential elections’ in Venezuela, which would add to the multilateral organization’s ignorance of elections where millions of people expressed their will.
Cuba has been among the most active countries in denouncing the U.S. intent to create pretexts for military intervention in Venezuela, the country with the largest established oil reserves on the planet and the first in the 21st century to declare a socialist process.
Unlike the U.S. project, Russia’s appeals to dialogue, the peaceful resolution of controversies and respect for Venezuelan sovereignty.
It seems inevitable that both texts will not pass the vote of the Security Council, where Russia and the United States, along with France, China and the United Kingdom, have veto power.
The use of this prerogative of the main powers, called P5, is sufficient to block any document in the body with the mandate to ensure international peace and security.
Those who support peaceful coexistence in the 193-state entity headquartered in New York argue that Venezuela’s situation is not a threat to peace, and therefore should not be addressed in the Council, although Washington has done its utmost to internationalize what is happening there.