UN / ARREAZA

17-Jul-2019 00:02:56
After meeting with Secretary-General António Guterres, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said, “we are a country under aggression, a country under a blockade, and it’s always positive when multilateralism provides answers to the unilateral positions that try to suffocate a nation.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ARREAZA
TRT: 02:56
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: SPANISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

17 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, walks up towards reporters
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“We came to share the events in our country with the Secretary-General. We are a country under aggression, a country under a blockade, and it’s always positive when multilateralism provides answers to the unilateral positions that try to suffocate a nation.”
4. Med shot, Arreaza talking to reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“And the need for the international community, countries, regional blocks, to support, or at least respect this dialogue process for however long it lasts. We hope it will last a long time and that it soon leads us to a political accord for coexistence in Venezuela. But it’s necessary to have a truce from those who attack Venezuela in order to advance this dialogue process.”
6. Med shot, Arreaza talking to reporters
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“In Venezuela we have a historical conflict, a conflict for control of oil revenues. Historical. Each chapter we have seen in the last 20 years has been the fight by one group to regain power and go back to the previous model, and another group to maintain and continue with the model that we firmly believe in.”
8. Med shot, Arreaza talking to reporters
9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“They were not able to disrupt the peace and tranquillity of Venezuela, even with all that barrage of bourgeois rebellion to take over power. They did not succeed. Then, understanding Venezuela’s reality, there comes a moment when the nation’s sovereignty must be respected and allow the parts to understand each other. International pressure against dialogue is an aberration.”
10. Med shot, Arreaza talking to reporters
11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“Despite our profound disconformity with the report that she produced, we must insist on our call for dialogue, insist on showing the situation of Venezuela from a true perspective, without denying the real challenges that we have, in the field of human rights or any other field. But not through instruments that are not rigorous enough where 85 percent of the information was obtained through interviews conducted outside the country, where conclusions where reached without proof. It would be useful to review this report to demonstrate the falsehood of most of its conclusions.”
12. Med shot, Arreaza talking to reporters
13. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“We always have to dialogue with our adversaries. As Comandante Chavez used to say that if we have to go down to the centre of the earth to meet with the devil in order to promote peace in Venezuela and in the world, then we have to do it. We would be ready to meet at any level with the United Stets government, and I am sure President Maduro would meet with President Trump with the best of dispositions.”
14. Wide shot, Arreaza walks away
STORYLINE
After meeting with Secretary-General António Guterres, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, today (17 Jul) said “we are a country under aggression, a country under a blockade, and it’s always positive when multilateralism provides answers to the unilateral positions that try to suffocate a nation.”

On the Norway sponsored talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition, Arreaza said, the international community needs “to support, or at least respect this dialogue process for however long it lasts.”

He said, “we hope it will last a long time and that it soon leads us to a political accord for coexistence in Venezuela.”

The Foreign Minister said, “in Venezuela we have a historical conflict, a conflict for control of oil revenues,” marked by “the fight by one group to regain power and go back to the previous model, and another group to maintain and continue with the model that we firmly believe in.”

He said, “they were not able to disrupt the peace and tranquillity of Venezuela, even with all that barrage of bourgeois rebellion to take over power. They did not succeed. Then, understanding Venezuela’s reality, there comes a moment when the nation’s sovereignty must be respected and allow the parts to understand each other. International pressure against dialogue is an aberration.”

On the report on Venezuela by the High Commissioner on Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, Arreaza said, “despite our profound disconformity with the report that she produced, we must insist on our call for dialogue, insist on showing the situation of Venezuela from a true perspective, without denying the real challenges that we have, in the field of human rights or any other field.”

On the possibility of a meeting between Presidents Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela and Donald Trump of the United States, Arreaza said, “we always have to dialogue with our adversaries. As Comandante Chavez used to say that if we have to go down to the centre of the earth to meet with the devil in order to promote peace in Venezuela and in the world, then we have to do it. We would be ready to meet at any level with the United Stets government, and I am sure President Maduro would meet with President Trump with the best of dispositions.”
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