Mexico City, Mexico – Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro called for the United States to lift its “criminal” blockade of Cuba and Venezuela in his address to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
The Venezuelan president called on the global community to reject neo-colonialism and imperialism and build a peaceful and multi-polar global order.
Maduro drew attention to the recently published report by UN Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan that detailed the negative consequences of US-led sanctions on the Venezuelan people and called for international law to be respected.
Earlier this month Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, likewise called for sectoral sanctions against Venezuela to be lifted.
Maduro specifically highlighted the seizure of the country’s international gold reserves by the United Kingdom and the confiscation of PdVSA’s subsidiary Citgo by the US government.
At the same time the Venezuelan opposition, which had boycotted the electoral process for years, are participating once more in the country’s democratic and constitutional processes after having previously pursued regime change through coup attempts and other schemes aimed at taking power by force.
The Venezuelan head of state said that 2021 was the year that the country would move from “resistance” to “recovery,” highlighting the ongoing dialogue between his government and the opposition being held in Mexico with Norwegian mediation.
Venezuela Analysis / ABC Flash Point News 2021.