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Statement by Ambassador Wu Haitao at Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

2019/02/28

Mr. President,

China is paying close attention to the situation in Venezuela and supports the Venezuelan Government in its efforts to safeguard its national sovereignty, independence and stability. Venezuelan affairs should be decided by the Venezuelan people independently. When it comes to the Venezuela issue, China’s starting point in the Security Council is to uphold the spirit of the Charter of the United Nations and the basic principles governing international relations, promote a peaceful settlement of the Venezuela issue and maintain long-term peace, stability and development in Latin America. China opposes external forces interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs and opposes military intervention in Venezuela. It is regrettable that the draft resolution before us (S/2019/186) was seriously inconsistent with China’s principles and position as previously stated. Therefore, China had to vote against it.

China calls upon the Venezuelan Government and opposition parties to seek a political solution through dialogue and consultation within the constitutional and legal framework. We hope that the international community will take actions that are truly conducive to the stability and economic development of Venezuela and the improvement of the livelihoods of people in the country. Under the premise of respecting the sovereignty of Venezuela, we should provide constructive assistance to the country to promote a smooth settlement of relevant issues as soon as possible. Any actions taken by the Security Council on Venezuela should be in line with those principles.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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