Maduro delivered a speech this afternoon before the United Nations General Assembly and commented on a number of topics.
Maduro called recent border tensions with Colombia part of a campaign to threaten Venezuela in order to “bring conflicts to our borders”. He explained:
I’ve denounced this,and I’m doing it now respectfully before the United Nations. A pincer operation is trying to bring conflict to our borders with Colombia and with our sister, the Co-Operative Republic of Guayana.
During his speech, Maduro called a recent meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos a meaningful step in fighting “attacks by paramilitaries and drug traffickers against Venezuela”, and called his meeting with Guyanese President David Granger yesterday “a success”.
Maduro also called on Obama to withdraw a statement issued earlier this year that qualified Venezuela as a threat to the national security of the United States.
On the upcoming December 6 parliamentary elections, Maduro warned his audience of the possibility that his government’s enemies would try to initiate violence, saying:
I ask that the world pay close attention for any attempt to bring violence to the political life of Venezuela. Venezuela is committed to continue down the path of leading-edge participatory democracy, down the path of a constitution approved by our people in 1999, down the path of peace. Our people’s calls are deeply democratic, popular, peaceful, and that’s what we’re going to prove once again this year.
Below, a picture showing the moment Maduro spoke at the General Assembly:
Granger Denounces Venezuelan “Aggression”
Guyanese President David Granger spoke before the United Nations General Assembly earlier today and denounced “aggresion” by Venezuela over the Essequibo territorial dispute.
Granger referred to the argument that Venezuela’s posturing on the issue has slowed down mineral and oil extraction projects in the region, and scared off potential investors. Granger said:
We want to end Venezuela aggression. We want to develop our country; all of our country, according to international law.
Over fifty years, [Venezuela has] impeded our small country from totally exploiting our rich natural resources. Venezuela has threatened and dissuaded investors, and has frustrated our economic development.
Granger also pointed out that his government’s position is that the matter was resolved 116 years ago, a fact that every country in the world – except for Venezuela – recognizes. He accused Venezuela of destabilizing the region with its policy, saying:
Venezuela is disturbing an established border. It’s destabilizing a stable region of the world with the use if military force against a small and peaceful country.
As a result of the continued aggression, Granger said, the United Nations take a more direct role in finding a permanent solution to the matter:
Guyana does not want this hateful reclamation to obscure the prospect of peace and the possibility of growth over the next fifty years. We need a permanent solution to avoid a cycle of perpetual danger and poverty.
Maduro To Incorporate 17 UN Objectives into Plan de la Patria
Speaking at an event last night, Maduro announced that 17 objectives recently approved by the United Nations to combat inequality and poverty will be implemented into his government’s national policies. Maduro announced the move at an event in New York last night, saying:
17 objectives were approved; 169 goals that I believe fundamentally draw up on our people’s hopes. I declare that that Bolivarian Revolution and our anti-imperialist people’s revolution of the 21st century will meet all of the goals approved by the United Nations.
Maduro said that Venezuela would achieve these goals in the following way:
We have to build economic models that favour human beings and workers, not capital. We have to replace the dictatorship of capital. It’s painful to see how in Europe and Spain families have been kicked out of their apartments as a result of financial speculation by banks.
The full list of the United Nation’s poverty-eradicating goals can be found here.
Santos Authorized Timochenko PDVSA Flight
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said last night that he had authorized a PDVSA airplane to fly Rodrigo “Timochenko” Echeverri – the head of the FARC – to Cuba last week for a meeting with him.
On September 23, Cuban state television showed Timochenko getting off an airplane international media later recognized as belonging to PDVSA, the Venezuelan state-owned oil company. On Sunday, Maduro confirmed the fact.
Last night, Santos revealed that he had played a role in the flight as well, saying:
That was a process that I also authorized (…) if we need him [Timochenko] to move around again, we’ll keep doing it.
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