Venezuela: “Sooner or later, the Cuban people will have to be compensated for the pain inflicted on them by the US brutal blockade"

United Nations, November 7 (RHC)-- No obstacle will impede Cuba and Venezuela from continuing their path towards development, said Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza when addressing the United Nations General Assembly as the body got ready on Thursday to vote on a  resolution demanding the lifting of the US blockade on Cuba.

Venezuela’s top diplomat said that his high-level delegation to the debate on the resolution was an illustration of the priority his government attributes to the defense of the Caribbean island.

Arreaza said that the current US escalation against Havana is imperial arrogance vis-a-vis the dignity and courage of the heroic Cuban peoplefor their decision to govern their future and to struggle for their own well being and happiness.

He added that the consecutive virtually universal appeal in support for the Resolution shows the commitment by UN Member to the provisions in the Charter, including the principles of sovereign equality and the political independence of states.

However, Arreaza noted how the appeal has been disregarded and treated with contempt by those whose actions systematically violate the Charter and international law with impunity.

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister called for a halt to economic and financial terrorism, and a halt to the non-conventional war with such lethal consequences for the people of Cuba and now the people of Venezuela.

“Political intolerance is not the way to handle international relations. Only governmental elites that are not civilized would use economic suffocation as a weapon of mass destruction to impose their political preferences on sovereign countries and to impose sufferings on the peoples. It is virtually a criminal practice and a crime against humanity,” said Arreaza.

The diplomat said that the US blockade on Cuba amounts to collective punishment because of the whims, caprices, and arrogance of those who believe they are superiors to others, and who think they're masters of the world, but he noted that Cuba has shown that they are wrong.

“Sooner or later, the Cuban people will have to be compensated for the pain inflicted on them by this brutal and arbitrary policy,” stressed the Venezuelan Foreign Ministers.

In concluding his remarks, Arreaza appealed to members of the international community to vote for the resolution.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Venezuela denounces US threats of domination at UN

United Nations, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) During his speech at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza assured that his country has the right to build its own political system, which does not emulate any other.

'We have our challenges, but it is a model created by our people,' he emphasized as part of a meeting to defend the UN Charter, a document signed on June 26, 1945, at the end of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, which entered into force on October 24 of the same year.

Arreaza reiterated that Venezuela's commitment has always been to peace.

Since his arrival in New York (United States) on Monday to join the UN General Assembly, the Venezuelan minister has held bilateral meetings with authorities from countries such as Portugal and Equatorial Guinea.

He also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for future collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

As part of the document, the possibility of an agreement that would allow the establishment of a UN office in Venezuela was evaluated.

The memorandum includes the strengthening of national mechanisms for the protection of human rights and access to justice, while facilitating possible visits by UN special rapporteurs over the next two years.

The details of these activities will be agreed in a work plan to be defined between the government of the South American nation and the UN Human Rights Office within 30 days of signature.

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Arreaza denounces targets of the US Blockade against Venezuela

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza assured the US blockade imposed on Venezuela aims to intervene in the internal affairs of the country.

The Trump administration is trying to alter the democratic course traced by the Venezuelan people, underscored the Foreign Minister.

He pointed out that the Bolivarian Republic faces the greatest threats in its history.

The Venezuelan oligarchy, at the service of the ruling US elite, encourages and justifies sanctions and blockades against the Venezuelan people, from a petty position, he denounced.

Arreaza also affirmed that any action by the Venezuelan opposition is aimed at violating the libertory history that defines Venezuela.

On August 5, Trump escalated his attacks on this country by signing an executive order to block all assets and interests owned by the Venezuelan government under US jurisdiction.

The measures applied by the head of the White House meant a reduction in the availability of food and medicine, as well as a rise in diseases and mortality in Venezuela.

As part of the US campaign against Caracas, Washington continually attacks the oil sector, imposes economic sanctions on domestic authorities and pressures other Latin American countries to support the US position.

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US Blockade Prevents Venezuela From Basic Necessities: Arreaza

The Venezuelan official described the U.S. comments about sanctions not preventing the acquisition of basic necessities as "an immense lie" concocted by Washington to hide the inhumanity of their blockade. 

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced on Tuesday the ongoing blockade imposed by the U.S. administration on the Bolivarian Republic.

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Arreaza highlighted the fact that the U.S. blockade has prevented the Venezuelan government from accessing hundreds of million dollars of its own money; this money would have allowed the Bolivarian Republic to purchase basic necessities like medicine and food.

Through his Twitter account on Tuesday, Arreaza tweeted that the U.S. comments about sanctions not preventing the acquisition of basic necessities as "an immense lie" concocted by Washington to hide the inhumanity of their blockade. 

"The financial system is controlled and threatened by Washington; they close the accounts and bank routes of Venezuela without contemplation," Arreaza said.

Last April, Arreaza told the United Nations that the U.S. administration was committing serious human rights violations through their ongoing financial blockade. Arreaza said that the Trump administration was purposely misappropriating Venezuelan assets in order to punish the Bolivarian Republic.

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US imposes sanctions on Venezuela's foreign minister

Washington has slapped sanctions on Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and a judge based in Caracas. The sanctions come a day after a damning report implicated US sanctions in the deaths of 40,000 Venezuelans.

Arreaza and the judge, Carol Padilla, are the latest Venezuelan officials targeted for the loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro. A host of military and police officials were sanctioned in February, while Madruo’s wife and several key allies were targeted by a separate round of sanctions last September.

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Friday’s sanctions came two days after Arreaza condemned US efforts to “impose a dictatorship” at the United Nations by lending support to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido. In a speech to the UN General Assembly, Arreaza slammed Washington’s "blatant attempt to expel or withdraw recognition of the credentials of member-states with full rights such as Venezuela."

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Washington uses Colombia for ‘cheap spectacles’ against Caracas – Venezuelan FM

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza accused US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of using the tensions on the border with Colombia to stage a publicity stunt as part of a smear campaign against Caracas.

The US and Colombia turned the beleaguered Colombian border town of Cucuta into a “regular stage for their most decadent and cheap spectacles,” Arreaza tweeted on Sunday in response to Pompeo’s visit in the area.

The consequences of the criminal blockade imposed by his [Pompeo] government on Venezuela are too grave to count. It has created death, suffering and need.

Earlier, Venezuelan migrants living in camps on the Colombian side of the border rioted over food rations and clashed with local police. Towns on the Venezuelan side also saw clashes between law enforcement and protesters.

The unrest was exacerbated by the opposition’s attempts to drive trucks filled with US-sponsored aid into Venezuela. The authorities refused to let them pass, denouncing the move as a “PR stunt,” and citing suspicions that Washington might use the trucks to smuggle in weapons.

As tensions mounted, US officials and some in the Western media accused the Venezuelan government of setting one of the trucks on fire during a dramatic confrontation at a border bridge with Colombia, but footage from the scene and additional reporting revealed that the truck was in fact set on fire by opposition activists.

Nevertheless, during his stay in Cucuta, Mike Pompeo met with a group of Venezuelan migrants and once again urged Caracas to accept the US-sent “humanitarian aid.”

Venezuela for its part stated that it will only accept aid sponsored by the UN and global relief organizations like the Red Cross, which Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro struck a deal with earlier this week.

On Sunday, Pompeo further blasted Maduro from Colombia, saying the US “will continue to utilize every economic and political means at our disposal to help the Venezuelan people.” He mentioned economic sanctions and visa revocations for Venezuelan officials among the means to pressure the government into succumbing to the opposition.

Washington openly backed opposition leader Juan Guaido when he declared himself ‘interim president’ of Venezuela in January. The US slapped Caracas with a number of economic restrictions and urged others to follow suit. US President Donald Trump refused to rule out military intervention should the other methods to oust Maduro fail.

Maduro, meanwhile, vowed to continue to defend the nation’s sovereignty against any foreign attack. He has repeatedly slammed the US for plotting to launch a coup to topple him. That aside, officials in Caracas also accused Washington of having a hand in the country’s recent major blackouts.

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Arreaza: Venezuela Will Send Oil to Cuba Despite U.S. Sanctions

The U.S. is using new tools to strengthen their financial blockade on Cuba and Venezuela in attempt to sink their economies and replace their legitimate governments. 

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Monday that his country will continue to send oil to Cuba despite the U.S. sanctions on vessels transporting oil to the Latin American island.

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"Venezuela will always fulfill its commitments with the brotherly people of Cuba," Arreaza pledged and commented that "when capitalism’s conventional power attacks you - you have to know how to respond by unconventional means, while always respecting international law. We are experts." 

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on 34 vessels owned by Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA); this means that all shipments and transactions carried out by them will be banned.

These absurd measures taken against the Venezuelan oil tankers also affect the Liberia-based Ballito Shipping Co. and the Greece-based ProPer In Management Co.

By imposing this arbitrary action, the U.S. government seeks to destabilize the Venezuelan government by creating a liquidity crisis, a goal which became evident when Vice President Mike Pence April 5 said that “the U.S. will continue to exert all diplomatic and economic pressure” against President Maduro’s administration.

Recordamos a los amigos que la lucha de los pueblos de Cuba y Venezuela, no es solo en defensa de sus respectivas revoluciones sino en defensa de la humanidad. No dejemos que una vez mas el imperialismo agreda a un pueblo de la región.

"We remind our friends that the struggle of the peoples of Cuba and Venezuela is not only in defense of their revolutions but in defense of humanity. Let's not allow imperialism once again assault the people of the region."

This U.S. sanctions are also related to the opposition politician Juan Guaido’s attempt to block Venezuelan oil shipments to Cuba as he believes that they are being used to finance Cuban intelligence’s work.

The U.S. Treasury Department Secretary Steven Mnuchin justified the new sanctions on the grounds that Cuba has been a strong supporter of Venezuela.

“Treasury is taking action against vessels and entities transporting oil, providing a lifeline to keep the illegitimate Maduro regime afloat,” Mnuchin said and added that the U.S. remains committed to holding the Cuban revolution “accountable for its direct involvement” in Venezuela.

After the U.S. announcement, the Venezuelan government said that the appropriate legal measures will be taken to respond to such unacceptable measures, which were also condemned by Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

The shipment of oil from to is backed by agreements between both countries for years, "and of course it is positive for Venezuelans and Cubans"

Cuba and Venezuela have been close political and economic allies since 2000. The South American country became the island's main oil provider through an agreement which grants preferential oil prices in exchange for Cuban medical and educational services.

The most recent fuel shipment to Cuba left Venezuela on April 4, carrying liquefied petroleum gas. Another three vessels are waiting off Venezuela to load with shipments destined for Cuba.

Due to the U.S. economic war on Venezuela, however, there has been a decline in Bolivarian oil shipments to Cuba, a country which has been looking for for alternative suppliers, among which are Russia and Algeria.

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Venezuelan FM Demands Respect for UN Charter from Turkey

Caracas, Apr 1 (Prensa Latina) From the Turkish capital today, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza demanded respect for the founding charter of the United Nations (UN) to end the economic siege against the country.

'At the UN we see that a group of countries is ready to defend the principles of its founding charter; the threat and blockade against Venezuela are outside international law and should be denounced,' stressed the diplomat quoted by the Foreign Ministry.

During a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Arreaza also denounced U.S. attempts to take over the country's natural resources through a change of government outside the Constitution.

On the other hand, the Foreign Minister acknowledged the strengthening of ties with Turkey, cooperation that in recent years increased more than five times on several sectors.

'In Ankara we met with our brother Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. We reviewed our multilateral and bilateral cooperation on several sectors. Nothing and no one will be able to prevent the links between Venezuela and Turkey to become diversified and deepened,' Arreaza wrote on Twitter.

Cavusoglu, for his part, condemned the unilateral illegitimate sanctions against any country and expressed the Turkish Executive's rejection to the coercive measures that are intended to be imposed against Venezuela.

'Sovereign and free countries must continue with their legitimate commercial exchange. Third countries do not have the power to qualify or comment on our bilateral relations,' he added.

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