President Nicolás Maduro coordinates humanitarian cooperation with the UN Secretary General

On the afternoon of today, Friday, March 27th, 2020, President Nicolás Maduro had a telephone conversation with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, who focused on the need and the humanitarian cooperation of the UN system towards the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, regarding the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

After sharing reflections on the expansion of the pandemic on a global scale and the risk of its displacement to the south, President Maduro thanked the Secretary-General for having incorporated Venezuela among the countries that will receive special attention from the UN within the Global Humanitarian Response Plan to fight Covid-19. Likewise, the President recognized the recent pronouncements of both the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in which they demanded the immediate lifting of unilateral coercive measures, not only because they are contrary to the UN Charter, but also because of the evident obstacles that the so-called “sanctions” impose on the affected countries to adequately face the coronavirus pandemic.

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela explained in detail to the Secretary-General the national strategy that has been implemented in the country to face the advance of the pandemic at an early stage. In this regard, António Guterres acknowledged the timely measures that the Venezuelan government has taken, and offered suggestions on some courses of action to make the strategy even more effective.

They also discussed the importance of humanitarian cooperation from countries such as China, Russia and Cuba, nations that have shown solidarity and true human concern during such a serious world situation.

Finally, President Nicolás Maduro welcomed the call for an immediate ceasefire in the armed conflicts made by the Secretary-General last Monday 23rd, and added that although no armed conflict is taking place in Venezuela, his country abides by it and values it positively. In this regard, the President informed the Secretary-General of the latest attacks by the governments of Colombia and the United States on the Venezuelan people, and expressed the need for these countries to also abide by such an important call for peace and to cease their conspiracies and attacks, at least while humanity is facing such a serious pandemic.

Both the Secretary-General and President Maduro agreed that these are times for cooperation and solidarity, and committed themselves to maintaining the necessary contacts and coordination in real time.

Caracas, March 27th, 2020

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