UN / VENEZUELA

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UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo said much more “remains to be done to address the extremely urgent needs of the Venezuelan people” adding that the delivery of assistance is guided by “the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence” and must be “free from political objectives and delivered on the basis of need.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 26 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

26 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, Abrams speaking to Belgian ambassador
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“Delivery of assistance is guided by General Assembly Resolution 46/182 and the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. Such assistance must be free from political objectives and delivered on the basis of need. Much more remains to be done to address the extremely urgent needs of the Venezuelan people. The UN is ready to continue expanding these efforts. We will continue to act in accordance with the humanitarian principles, working with Venezuelan institutions, to assist people in need.”
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Elliott Abrams, Special Representative for Venezuela, United States of America:
“The cure to this misery and tyranny is a free, fair, and transparent election that embraces all sectors of society and all political parties. That, of course, includes Chavistas who’s party has been usurped, much like the country itself, by Maduro. We believe that both Guaidó supporters and Chavistas can rebuild their country together, can construct a newly prosperous and democratic Venezuela.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Elliott Abrams, Special Representative for Venezuela, United States of America:
“Now is the time to strengthen our commitment to the brave Venezuelan people. We call on the Members of this Security Council to join us in meeting the growing needs in Venezuela and the region. We call on Member States to consider what resources and tools they have to contribute to Venezuelan democracy and to pressure the illegitimate Maduro regime to peacefully step down. We ask that other join us in sanctioning those who have been involved in the violence over the last weekend and who are fattened by the spoils of the Maduro regime’s corruption.”
8. Wide shot, Abrams and Arreaza at Security Council meeting
9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“Hopefully the White House will give permission, give authorisation, to Mr. Guaidó and the opposition to sit down with the Government so that we can come up with a way out; not a way out rather a solution to this current political situation in Venezuela and to do so through dialogue and negotiations.”
10. Close up, Abrams
11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“What do we want? What are we asking for? [We are asking for] the rejection of the threat or the use of force per se against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and to rule that out as an option once and for all, because Mr. Trump, Mr. Pence, Mr. Bolton, Mr. Pompeo, Mr. Marco Rubio, Mr. Guaidó, Mr. Duke are putting this on the table.”
12. Wide shot, Arreaza addressing Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“All options, what is he saying? [He’s saying] we want a military intervention against Venezuela. He probably does not have family or friends because when the bombs start falling in Venezuela, they will not differentiate between the Chavistas and the non-Chavistas, the poor and the rich. We have already seen this in Iraq. We have already seen this in Afghanistan. We have already seen this in Libya. We have already seen this in Syria. In how many countries? Wherever the United States goes, it leaves a humanitarian crisis behind. And then who has to clean up that crisis?”
14. Wide shot, Abrams listening to Arreaza
15. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“Mr. Trump declared a humanitarian emergency in the south of the United States because he wants to build a racist wall. So, what would happen if Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua were to come up with a convoy and try to force through the southern border to get to the population in the southern United States where there is a humanitarian emergency saying that this is a humanitarian assistance effort? What would happen if they were to try to do that? Ask yourself that question. There is a lot of hypocrisy.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo said much more remains to be done “to address the extremely urgent needs of the Venezuelan people” adding that the delivery of assistance is guided by “the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence” and must be “free from political objectives and delivered on the basis of need.”

Addressing the Security Council today (26 Feb), DiCarlo said Venezuela had witnessed an alarming escalation of tensions. She said violent incidents occurred at different points along the borders with Brazil and Colombia, as the Venezuelan security forces blocked the aid supplies coming into the country over the weekend.

She noted that according to Colombian migration authorities, at least 285 individuals were injured on the Colombian side and the UN human rights office confirmed four deaths and 64 injuries on the Brazilian border.

DiCarlo underscored that while the lack of official data is a serious challenge in assessing the situation, available information depicted a grim reality with the economy continuing to deteriorate, people dying of preventable causes and leaving the country in search of assistance. She emphasized that Venezuelan actors across the entire political spectrum have the responsibility to put the interests of the Venezuelan people at the centre of their actions at this most critical time.

United States Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams said the Maduro “regime” refused to allow humanitarian aid into the country which showed its true nature. He said armed gangs, thugs, and criminals released from prisons were mobilized to control the border and accused them of burning the assistance.

Abrams called on the international community to support the Venezuelan people as they strive to reclaim their democracy by supporting Juan Guaidó in what he called his interim presidency. The Special Representative expressed concern over the safety of the opposition leader and called on the Council to ensure his safe return to Venezuela. He rejected claims that the delivery of humanitarian assistance was a political show and a cover for military intervention, adding that only the Venezuelan Government had used force.

SOUNDBITE (English) Elliott Abrams, Special Representative for Venezuela, United States of America:
“The cure to this misery and tyranny is a free, fair, and transparent election that embraces all sectors of society and all political parties. That, of course, includes Chavistas who’s party has been usurped, much like the country itself, by Maduro. We believe that both Guaidó supporters and Chavistas can rebuild their country together, can construct a newly prosperous and democratic Venezuela.”

Abrams said now was the time to “strengthen our commitment to the brave Venezuelan people.” He called on the Security Council to join the US in “meeting the growing needs in Venezuela and the region” and to consider “what resources and tools they have to contribute to Venezuelan democracy and to pressure the illegitimate Maduro regime to peacefully step down.” He called on countries to sanction those who have been involved in the violence over the last weekend and “who are fattened by the spoils of the Maduro regime’s corruption.”

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said an operation was orchestrated this weekend to violate the sovereignty of his country, adding that the Venezuelan armed forces were able to contain it without using any kind of deadly force. He said the violence came from the Colombian side of the border and accused gangs there of burning the aid trucks. He added that the aid trucks were also carrying materials to be used by the opposition for barricades and to fabricate weapons, adding that the attempted coup had failed and the events on Saturday were the last chapter.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“Mr. Trump declared a humanitarian emergency in the south of the United States because he wants to build a racist wall. So, what would happen if Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua were to come up with a convoy and try to force through the southern border to get to the population in the southern United States where there is a humanitarian emergency saying that this is a humanitarian assistance effort? What would happen if they were to try to do that? Ask yourself that question. There is a lot of hypocrisy.”

Arreaza called on the Security Council to pass a resolution rejecting the threat or use of force in Venezuela and to “rule that out as an option once and for all, because Mr. Trump. Mr. Pence, Mr. Bolton, Mr. Pompeo, Mr. Marco Rubio, Mr. Guaidó, Mr. Duke are putting this on the table.”

The Foreign Minister read a tweet by opposition leader Juan Guaidó which suggested that all options should remain on the table adding that this meant Guaidó wanted “military intervention against Venezuela.” He said, “He probably does not have family or friends because when the bombs start falling in Venezuela, they will not differentiate between the Chavistas and the non-Chavistas, the poor and the rich. We have already seen this in Iraq. We have already seen this in Afghanistan. We have already seen this in Libya. We have already seen this in Syria. In how many countries? Wherever the United States goes, it leaves a humanitarian crisis behind. And then who has to clean up that crisis?”

Arreza said his Government remained open to dialogue to resolve what he described as an institutional crisis in Venezuela. He added, “Hopefully the White House will give permission, give authorisation, to Mr. Guaidó and the opposition to sit down with the Government so that we can come up with a way out; not a way out rather a solution to this current political situation in Venezuela and to do so through dialogue and negotiations.”
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