UN / SC VENEZUELA

26-Jan-2019 00:05:03
Addressing the UN Security Council, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged all nations to “support the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people as they try to free themselves from former President Maduro’s illegitimate mafia state” adding that the humanitarian situation in the country “demands action today.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SC VENEZUELA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / RUSSIAN / SPANISH / NATS

DATELINE: JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom out, Pompeo entering Security Council
3. Wide shot, Security Council
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, United States:
“We’re here to urge all nations to support the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people as they try to free themselves from former President Maduro’s illegitimate mafia state. The humanitarian situation demands action now; it demands action today.”
5. Wide shot, Pompeo addressing Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, United States:
“And now it’s time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom or you’re in league with Maduro and his mayhem.”
7. Med shot, Venezuelan Foreign Minister
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, United States:
“It’s not a surprise that those who rule without democracy in their own countries are trying to prop up Maduro while he is in dire straits. Nor are these countries supporting international norms as they cynically claim. China and Russia are propping up a failed regime in hopes of recovering billions of dollars in ill-considered investments and assistance made over the years.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Sir Alan Duncan, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, United Kingdom:
“We believe that Juan Guaidó is the right man to take Venezuela forward and we will recognise him as constitutional interim President if new elections are not announced within eight days. We should today all stand together against the tyranny of Nicolas Maduro and in support of legitimate democratic forces in Venezuela.”
11. Wide shot, delegates
12. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Using the presence of Secretary of State Pompeo, we want to ask him directly, does that mean that the United States is ready to use military force against a sovereign state under a bogus pretext? Because it is here in this room that we need to hear a clear answer whether Washington intends to once again violate the UN Charter.”
13. Close up, Pompeo listening to Russian ambassador
14. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Do you understand that if you continue with your actions, tomorrow instead of Venezuela, any other Latin American country can find itself in its place? The illegality of what is taking place is flagrant and the leadership of the Organization of American States salutes this and, following Washington, rubber stamps threats against an independent state.”
15. Wide shot, Russian ambassador addressing Security Council
16. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“The United States is not behind the coup, I confess, it is not behind the coup. It is ahead of the coup. It is at the vanguard of the coup. It is dictating the orders, not only to the Venezuelan opposition, but also to the satellite governments of the United States in the region, and it seems in Europe and around the world.”
16. Wide shot, Venezuelan Foreign Minister addressing Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“It is understandable that the satellite governments in Latin America could give in this way, but in Europe? To simply become lackies; to follow the United States, but not just the United States, the government of Donald Trump? Europe is giving us eight days. For what? Where do you get that you have the power to establish a deadline or an ultimatum to a sovereign people? Where do you get this? I say it is childish.”
18. Wide shot, delegates
19. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“The United States wants to build a wall with Mexico, but it is building an ideological wall. Many of the points made by Secretary Pompeo today correspond with the language of the Cold War, of McCarthy, of Nixon. They are bringing back the Cold War. They are even bringing back the Monroe Doctrine of 1823.”
20. Wide shot, Security Council
21. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“In the name of President Nicolas Maduro, in the name of the Republic of Venezuela, in the name of the people of Venezuela, of the popular power of Venezuela, of institutions and communities, I would like to insist that Venezuela, as stated in this constitution, is irreversibly free, and will remain irreversibly free and independent, and no power, not matter how great, can dictate to our country its destiny or its future.”
22. Wide shot, delegates in attendance
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“There are divergent visions of what the future should hold for Venezuela. But we must all be guided, however, by the pursuit of the wellbeing of the Venezuelan people, and work together so that their needs are fully met. We must do all we can to prevent a worsening of tensions. We must try to help bring about a political solution that will allow the country’s citizens to enjoy peace, prosperity and all their human rights.”
STORYLINE
Addressing the UN Security Council, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged all nations to “support the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people as they try to free themselves from former President Maduro’s illegitimate mafia state” adding that the humanitarian situation in the country “demands action today.”

Pompeo told the Council today (26 Jan) that scenes of misery in Venezuela have become the norm under President Maduro with millions of children suffering from malnutrition thanks to what he called a socialist experiment that caused the economy to collapse.

Pompeo said the US stood with the Venezuelan people and recognized the government of “interim President” Juan Guaidó as legitimate. He said, “And now it’s time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom or you’re in league with Maduro and his mayhem.”

The Secretary of State said some countries, including Cuba, Iran, Russia, China, and Syria have publicly supported President Maduro, adding that Russia and China blocked the adoption of a Presidential Statement by the Council this morning. He said, “It’s not a surprise that those who rule without democracy in their own countries are trying to prop up Maduro while he is in dire straits. Nor are these countries supporting international norms as they cynically claim. China and Russia are propping up a failed regime in hopes of recovering billions of dollars in ill-considered investments and assistance made over the years.”

The United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan said the rule of law in Venezuela has collapsed after being continuously eroded and undermined by President Maduro. He said the UK believed that “Juan Guaidó is the right man to take Venezuela forward.” Duncan said his Government, along with other European nations would “recognise him as constitutional interim President if new elections are not announced within eight days.” He called on the international community to “stand together against the tyranny of Nicolas Maduro and in support of legitimate democratic forces in Venezuela.”

Russian ambassador Vasily Nebenzya said the US was looking to destabilize Venezuela and was using the Security Council to create regime change in the country. He said US interference in the internal affairs of other nations was nothing new adding that the US considered Latin America as its backyard and did not take into account the interests of the people living there.

Nebenzya sighted US officials in saying that all options remained on the table in Venezuela and asked Pompeo, “does that mean that the United States is ready to use military force against a sovereign state under a bogus pretext?”

The Russian ambassador said the opposition was pressured into withdrawing its candidates from the presidential elections in May of last year to be used as a pretext by the US and its allies to overthrow the legitimate authorities in Venezuela.

Addressing those Latin American countries which supported the US stance, Nebenzya asked, “Do you understand that if you continue with your actions, tomorrow instead of Venezuela, any other Latin American country can find itself in its place? The illegality of what is taking place is flagrant and the leadership of the Organization of American States salutes this and, following Washington, rubber stamps threats against an independent state.”

The Russian ambassador said the only way to resolve the Venezuelan crisis was for all external interference to end while efforts were being made to launch an inter-Venezuelan dialogue. He added that countries should also refrain from taking economic measures against Venezuela which would exacerbate the deteriorating economic situation in the country.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said the US was “not behind the coup” in his country rather it was “ahead” of it. He said it was “dictating the orders, not only to the Venezuelan opposition, but also to the satellite governments of the United States in the region, and it seems in Europe and around the world.”

Arreaza said Pompeo and US Vice President Mike Pence openly gave the green light to the coup d’etat and President Donald Trump threatened to use force against a sovereign nation, but the international community took no steps in this regard. He said it was “understandable that the satellite governments in Latin America" could give in to the US stance but asked European powers how they could “simply become lackies; to follow the United States, but not just the United States, the government of Donald Trump.” He asked the European nations where they got the “power to establish a deadline or an ultimatum to a sovereign people” describing the move as “childish.”

Arreaza said his Government supported dialogue initiatives with the opposition without ultimatums but stressed that there was nothing in the Venezuelan constitution that would allow Guaidó to declare himself president.

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister said the US wanted to build a wall with Mexico but was in fact building an “ideological wall” adding that many of the statements made by Pompeo to the Council “correspond with the language of the Cold War, of McCarthy, of Nixon.”

He noted that the US sanctions cost the Venezuelan economy some 23 billion USD adding that proposals by his government to open a dialogue with Washington were met by unilateral coercive measures.

Arreaza said, “In the name of President Nicolas Maduro, in the name of the Republic of Venezuela, in the name of the people of Venezuela, of the popular power of Venezuela, of institutions and communities, I would like to insist that Venezuela, as stated in this constitution, is irreversibly free, and will remain irreversibly free and independent, and no power, not matter how great, can dictate to our country its destiny or its future.”

UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo said the protracted crisis in Venezuela has had a grave impact on the population, with high levels of political polarization, growing humanitarian needs and serious human rights concerns. She cited the International Monetary Fund in saying that the inflation rate hit 1.37 million percent last year and the country’s projected real GDP in 2019 was negative 18 percent.

DiCarlo said there were “divergent visions of what the future should hold for Venezuela, but we must all be guided, however, by the pursuit of the wellbeing of the Venezuelan people, and work together so that their needs are fully met.” She told the Council, “We must do all we can to prevent a worsening of tensions. We must try to help bring about a political solution that will allow the country’s citizens to enjoy peace, prosperity and all their human rights.”
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