Bolivian President Evo Morales delivered his first speech as the country assumes the position of a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales said at the Security Council of the United Nations on Sunday that the country will be the voice of the people and will fight for a planet without “invaders” or “invaded” people.
Morales’s words came as Bolivia became a non-permanent member of the Security Council for the third time — the other spanning 1964-1965 and 1978-1979.
The people’s rights to development
He also took to Twitter to send further messages of Bolivia’s hope, writing that the world must “work together to secure the people’s rights to development, and to fight capitalism which tries to commodify everything.”
Bolivia was incorporated as a non-permanent member on Sunday along with Ethiopia, Italy, Kazakhstan and Sweden.
Jan. 1 marks the day Venezuela became a non-permanent member of the Security Council, a first for the country.
Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, hailed Jan. 1 as the start of Venezuela’s temporary period on the United Nations Security Council.
A responsibility to defend world peace
The South American country will partake in meetings “with the utmost responsibility to defend world peace,” President Maduro said.
Venezuela was elected to the post Oct. 16, 2014 with 181 countries of 193 voting in favor.
The voice of the pluri-polar and multi-centric world
“Venezuela will be in the Security Council, the supreme body of the United Nations, representing the voice of peace, the voice of the pluri-polar and multi-centric world, representing Latin America’s voice as a united bloc,” Maduro stated at the time.
After playing a leading role in shaping Venezuelan oil policy for a decade, Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez was announced Friday as Venezuela’s representative at the United Nations in New York. Ramirez took up his new position on Jan. 1.
The daughter of Hugo Chávez is set to play a more prominent role in international politics as today Venezuela gained a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Maria Gabriela Chavez is Venezuela’s deputy ambassador at the UN mission.
181 countries supported Venezuela
“Victory for the nation in the UN, I say thank you in the name of our people to the 181 countries that supported us for the Security Council,” tweeted Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela was unopposed for the single seat allocated to Latin America and the Caribbean. Foreign minister, Rafael Ramirez, dedicated “this huge triumph” to Chávez and said it came despite a “malign campaign against our country”.
The UN Security Council has 15 members only five of which are permanent. The five permanent members are the U.S., U.K., France, Russia and China, while other countries are elected to the ten non-permanent seats on a rolling basis of five per year.
Can an American be guilty of crimes against humanity? Is it possible that some American individual, or group, can be involved in the kind of offences that constitute a serious attack on human dignity, and/or a grave humiliation or degradation of human beings, as part of an ‘organised’ system? Can Americans be involved in torture; rape; political, racial or religious persecution, or other inhumane acts, as part of a widespread or systematic practice, as the International Criminal Court defines as crimes against humanity?
Does ‘Gitmo’ apply; the military prison located within Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, established in 2002 by the American government to detain extraordinarily dangerous prisoners, interrogate them in an ‘optimal setting’, and to prosecute such prisoners for war crimes.
MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.
Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.
Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba has learned with deep concern, the statement made on August 31 by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, in which he announced his decision to take military action against Syria.
Without leaving any room for the ongoing attempts to reach a political solution to the conflict, or presenting any evidence and with total disregard of the opinions of many countries, including some of its major allies, and the United Nations, the President of the United States has announced its determination to perform acts in violation of international law and the Charter of the United Nations to cause more death and destruction and lead, inevitably, to the intensification of the conflict the Arab nation is going through.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared ‘utter nonsense’ the idea that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons on its own people and called on the US to present its supposed evidence to the UN Security Council.
Putin has further called the Western tactic a ‘provocation.’
Washington has been basing its proposed strategy of an attack on Syria on the premise that President Bashar Assad’s government forces have used chemical agents, while Russia finds the accusations unacceptable and the idea of performing a military strike on the country even more so. Especially as it would constitute a violation of international law, if carried out without the approval of the UN Security Council.
UNITED NATIONS.—Cuba has called for an urgent and profound reform of the Security Council to eliminate the lack of transparency, democracy and effectiveness of this principal UN body responsible for peace and international security. It has also demanded its immediate enlargement, both in terms of permanent and non-permanent members, and the eradication of the veto privilege, given its anachronistic and anti-democratic nature.