UN Security Council Briefing on Venezuela

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UN Security Council Briefing on Venezuela

On February 26, 2019, U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams addressed the UN Security Council on the situation in Venezuela. In his remarks, Special Representative Abrams said:

Now is the time to strengthen our commitment to the brave Venezuelan people. We call on the members of the 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 others join us in sanctioning those who’ve been involved in the violence over the last weekend, and who are fattened by the spoils of the Maduro regime’s corruption. We ask that Member States contribute to addressing the humanitarian situation in Venezuela, as dozens of nations already have generously done.

And we ask that you recognize the nature of the Maduro regime, and question the purpose and likely outcome of so-called dialogue with someone who would rather block and burn donated medicine and bread than see it in the hands of Venezuelan children. Ask Jorge Ramos of Univision about the value of dialogue with Nicolas Maduro.

The people of Venezuela need our solidarity and our help if they are to prevail against a vicious and violent regime, emerge into democracy, and begin to rebuild their country. Let us resolve to give them that help, to give them both that solidarity and that assistance.

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