Venezuela Asks UN to Affirm That U.S. Can’t Use Force Against Them

Venezuela is asking the UN Security Council to affirm that the United States and 10 other countries have no authority to use force against the South American nation by invoking the Inter-American Reciprocal Assistance Treaty, AP reported.

Venezuela’s UN ambassador, Samuel Moncada, claimed in a letter to the council circulated Wednesday that the 1947 treaty is being used “as a tool” to implement the naval blockade threatened by President Donald Trump on August 1.

Moncada pointed to a decision on September 11 by 11 countries in the Americas – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic – to convene a treaty meeting on grounds that the current situation in Venezuela has a “destabilizing impact” and poses a “threat to peace and security in the hemisphere.”

Moncada said there is no regional threat from Venezuela, adding that the real aim of the U.S. and other countries in threatening the use of force is to overthrow the legitimate constitutional government of President Nicolas Maduro.

The United States and about 50 other countries recognize National Assembly speaker Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s president. Moncada said the provisions of the inter-American treaty, which Venezuela pulled out of in 2013, state that the U.N. Charter takes precedence and that the use or threat of force must be authorized by the Security Council.

“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has shown itself to be a lover and guarantor of peace,” he said. “Therefore, we are warning against the aggression being planned, in violation of the Charter of the United Nations and to the detriment of the powers and responsibilities of the Security Council.”

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