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US Orders Venezuelan Envoy to UN to Limit Movement Within New York City After Scathing OAS Speech

  • Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations Samuel Moncada speaks to teleSUR on Saturday.

    Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations Samuel Moncada speaks to teleSUR on Saturday. | Photo: teleSUR

Published 16 February 2019

"The United States is afraid of Venezuela's words, it is afraid of the truth of Venezuela."

Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations Samuel Moncada has been ordered by the United States State Department to confine his stay in the U.S. to the city of New York just a day after he delivered a scathing speech at a meeting of the Organization of American States in Washington D.C..

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Speaking to teleSUR from New York, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said that the U.S. action is an attempt to ​eliminate the voice of Venezuelan legitimate government. "They can not shut us up in the #OAS. Venezuela will leave the OAS on April 27, 2019, not before. Until that day we will fulfill our duties," Arreaza said. "The UnitedStates is afraid of Venezuela's words, it is afraid of the truth of Venezuela."

Speaking at the OAS meeting, Moncada slammed the United States and OAS chief Luis Almagro for their blatant and public attempts for regime change in Venezuela in order to install a “dictatorship” in line with the interests of Washington.

He revealed discussions by the United States and its allies on their plans for a scenario in which opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, who declared himself president three weeks ago, would not have to call for elections as the right-wing opposition will claim that the election system is flawed and need to be changed before calling for new elections.

He also went on to say that the Venezuelan legitimate government has not been expelled from the body as such a decision would need the the support of 24 members, which the U.S. and its allies have repeatedly failed to have.

"As the representative of the Venezuelan State and of constitutional president Nicolas Maduro Moros (...), the only way for me to stand up from this chair without violating international laws is that there is a resolution approved by the Extraordinary General Assembly of the OAS, where 24 member states voted for the suspension," Moncada stated during his address at the OAS.

"The lie collapses, the fraud collapses, do not keep lying, get the 24 votes in the Assembly and I'll leave here legitimately."

Samuel Moncada also denounced that the United States government stole over USD$30 billion from the Venezuelan people through sanctions. "Mr. Trump proclaimed himself the owner and lord of the natural resources, territories and inhabitants of that colony that he now calls Venezuela, and we have a real epidemic of self-proclamations," he said.

He then explained that the U.S.-backed coup d'etat against the Bolivarian government is only effective in Washington, "where everyone celebrates the sacking of our nation, but it is a failure in Venezuela." He argued that the illegally self-proclaimed "interim president” Guaido is the one who is defending "the measures of economic suffocation against our people because they produce the necessary suffering so that the necessary military decide to support him."

"If you want to help Venezuela, do not threaten us with war and return what has been stolen," the diplomat said in reference to the unilateral and illegal sanctions imposed against the South American country.

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