Venezuela condemns U.S. uses pandemic as a weapon to step up aggressions

Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, participated on Wednesday at the Third Committee of the General Assembly to condemn again the devastating effects of unilateral coercive measures against the Venezuelan people.

“We have come today to condemn the devastating effects of unilateral coercive measures against hundreds of millions of people, literally more than a third of humanity, including the Venezuelan people. These illegal measures prevent access to medical equipment, medicines, treatments, tests, food, fuel and other essential goods to guarantee the survival of our people. All of this amidst the greatest pandemic striking humankind in the last hundred years,” said the Venezuelan ambassador.

Moncada stressed that the U.S. Government uses the pandemic as a weapon to step up its aggressions against Venezuela, and, as a planned, systematic policy, it represents a crime of extermination according to the Rome Statute.

“In this exceptional circumstance, every action trying to gain selfish political benefits of international domination by using the pandemic as a weapon to gain advantage over other countries, represents a massive violation of human rights, a true crime against humanity,” said the Venezuelan representative to the UN.

Likewise, the Venezuelan diplomat explained it is becoming more difficult for Venezuela to face the new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic as its domestic financial resources, necessary to save as many lives as possible amid the sanitary crisis, were looted by banks from Europe and the United States.

In this regard, Moncada demanded the U.S. Government to lift the unilateral coercive measures imposed on Venezuela in a clear violation of the UN Charter and international laws.

Finally, Venezuela ratified its commitment to guaranteeing and promoting human rights in accordance with the universally accepted principles of objectivity, impartiality and non-selectivity, without any distinction whatsoever, and moving forward with a constructive dialogue to strengthen cooperation in this matter.

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