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  • Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez (R) with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a general meeting Feb. 15, 2016.

    Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez (R) with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a general meeting Feb. 15, 2016. | Photo: EFE

Published 15 February 2016
Opinion

Venezuela tells U.N. leaders to respect the sovereignty of nations and to worry less about Venezuela and more about Palestinians.

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez defended Monday the country's right to operate as an independent nation and demanded that foreign powers respect their sovereignty as laid out in international treaties.

The foreign minister spoke in front of world leaders at the United Nations Security Council at their headquarters in the United States — a country that has a reputation for intervening in Venezuela's political affairs.

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In a debate about South American politics, Rodriguez pointed to the U.N. Charter on human rights, reminding world leaders of its contents, particularly the clauses relating to the promotion of peace, and respecting the independence of countries.

This special U.N. meeting was looking to strengthen the foundations of the charter that guarantee the sovereignty of the countries in the world.

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Rodriguez also gave his position on Palestine, demanding the imminent release of the Palestinian territories that are illegally occupied by Isreali settlers.

“Members of the Security Council of the U.N. we must avoid double standards in matters relating to international peace,” she said, referring to the right of Palestinians for self-determination.

The foreign minister also brought up the case of Syria.

The U.N. Charter has been in force since 1966 and proposes cooperation agreements and respect for self-determination of nations.

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