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Venezuela: US Resolution Opposes Russian and Chinese Resolution to UNSC

UNGA – Russia blocked a US resolution on Venezuela at the UN, saying the document was “written for regime change, DW reported Friday.
The UN Security Council voted on two resolutions on Venezuela but failed to adopt either, with the United States, Russia and China having clashed on the issue on Thursday.
Among the 15 members of the Council, nine countries, including Germany, France and the United Kingdom, voted in favor of the project presented by the United States, which calls for a “peaceful restoration of democracy” and fair presidential elections, and expressed “deep concern” about aid blockages. However, Russia and China vetoed the document, Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia saying the text was “written for regime change, disguised as the care of the people”.
“We have all seen this in Libya, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan,” he said.
Moscow presented a rival document that also called for a solution “by peaceful means”, while expressing concern over the threats of use of military force against the government led by Nicolas Maduro. The document also proposed that all deliveries of humanitarian aid be agreed with Maduro officials.
Russia’s plan has not received the support of four members: Russia, China, South Africa and Equatorial Guinea. The United States also indicated that it would use its veto if the document obtained a majority.
The US envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, has decried the countries that “continue to protect Maduro and his friends and prolong the suffering of the Venezuelan people”.
Meanwhile, former Uruguayan President Jose Mujica warned of the danger of a “new interventionist step” that would trigger a war in Venezuela. In an exclusive video column for DW, Mujica said the political stalemate was largely driven by the geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China over control of Venezuela’s vast oil reserves.
Mujica called for using politics to avoid war.
There are opportunities to negotiate, if Europe wants it, if it asserts itself and helps, he added.
The former politician called for negotiations that would include all the different Venezuelan factions and lead to elections. The UN should provide guarantees for the process, he added.
He also repeatedly insisted on “the responsibilities of Europe, to which we turn with despair, so as not to let our Latin America wrap itself in a conflict that, unfortunately, is based on geopolitics”.
“Please Europe, do not be deaf,” said Mujica.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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