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  • Student rally in Venezuela in support of No More Trump campaign petitions that will be presented at UN general assembly in late Sept. Sept. 12, 2019

    Student rally in Venezuela in support of No More Trump campaign petitions that will be presented at UN general assembly in late Sept. Sept. 12, 2019 | Photo: @NicolasMaduro

Published 12 September 2019 (2 hours 7 minutes ago)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says Delcy Rodriguez and Jorge Arreaza will present a letter and #NoMoreTrump petitions to the United Nations in September. 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday that he will not attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York at the end of September, but that Vice President Delcy Rodríguez and Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza will represent the nation at the annual international event. 

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"I went to New York last year, this year I will not go. ... Delcy will go with the foreign minister to deliver our voice, our truth," said the president to supporters in Caracas.

The Venezuelan president said that he will remain in country because he has an "intense" agenda to defend the country. 

"I have a lot of work to do for the country, to defend the peace of Venezuela, to continue carrying out this plan of recovery, growth, social prosperity," he said. 

He also explained that Rodriguez and Arreaza will give a letter to U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres explaining the the government has collected over 12 million signatures over the past month from supporters who reject the United States’ economic and commercial blockade imposed on Venezuela, making it impossible for the nation to get access to its assets outside the country, or for any other countries to do business with Venezuela. 

Rodriguez and Arreaza will take the petitions to New York. According to provisional information from the U.N., Maduro was scheduled to speak before the General Assembly on September 26. 

Last year, Maduro was present at the U.N. high-level summit, where he charged United States President Donald Trump for the Venezuelan economic crisis, but also offered dialogue. 

Arreaza, who will stand in for the president at the U.N. in New York later this month, spoke Thursday in front of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva saying that the current U.S. administration’s blockade on Venezuela is creating “overcompliance” of economic sanctions by other governments and companies out of fear of retaliation from the U.S.

The foreign minister reiterated that the U.S. has “stolen” Citgo, a Venezuelan oil company, from the nation, depleting it of $US12 billion that could be used to “pay for five full years of food and medicine for the Venezuelan population."

"The unilateral coercive measures are not addressed in the United Nations Charter, in spite of this, the supremacist and racist government of @POTUS imposes them on Venezuela and other countries," denounces Foreign Minister Arreaza #VenezuelaDiceNoALaGuerra

“Unilateral coercive measures … kill human beings in the countries where they are applied,” stressed Arreaza Thursday at the Geneva meeting.

He added that the Charter of the United Nations does not address such measure, but should. Despite the illegal and lethal blockade, Maduro is applying the Plan for Assistance to the Victims of the Blockade and the Economic War that includes free, new homes for over five million families.

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