Monday, February 26, 2018

Venezuela's Chancellor denies humanitarian crisis in country

Statement was made during a speech at the UN Human Rights Council despite the plight that affects part of the population

Geneva - Venezuela's foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, said Monday in the UN Human Rights Council that there is no humanitarian crisis in the country, despite the plight that affects part of the population.
"If you want to make the world believe that in Venezuela there is a humanitarian crisis, an old unilateralistic trick," he said in a speech in Geneva.
Arreaza made mention, but without a direct quote, Colombia, where President Juan Manuel Santos denounces a humanitarian crisis that, according to his government figures, led 500,000 Venezuelans to cross the border.
The chancellor also criticized what he called the "baseless reports" of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as UN experts who "publish diagnoses from unusual sources without ever visiting Venezuela
The situation in Venezuela, where the population suffers the consequences of enormous inflation and the scarcity of food and medicines, is the subject of controversy between the government of Caracas and several countries and international institutions that insist on describing a serious situation.
On Monday, the European Union (EU) foreign ministers discussed the situation of a "critical time" in the words of the head of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini.
Arreaza also cited the presidential elections called for April 22, in which Nicol├ís Maduro aspires for re-election. The opposition coalition Bureau of Democratic Unity (MUD) has decided not to participate in the lawsuit, which it accuses of fraud.
"We will have free, sovereign, transparent elections on April 22nd," said the chancellor.

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