Diego Arria, Venezuelan politician and diplomat who served as Venezuela’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1991–1993) and President of the Security Council (March 1992), addressed the 11th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy — see quotes below.

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11th Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Main Event, Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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On Venezuela:

“Today, Venezuela is a devastated land: without food, without medicines, without law, without freedom, without rights and an exodus of millions. It is a country where there are also Milosevics, Karadzics and Mladics that kill, torture, imprison and use the denial of food and medical attention as a weapon in a war against the civilian population.”

“Ironically, it is unnoticed by the international community that Venezuela is intervened and occupied by more than twenty thousand Cuban agents who control the armed forces and the police and intelligence agencies.”

On the failure of the UN:

“Despite this reality, the Secretary General of the UN only urges us to participate in the classic ‘appeasement’ of negotiating agreements with a criminal regime.”

“No one can demand that we accept any solution at any price. In this regard, not even the United Nations, which as we know is not a largely democratic body, can do so.”

“When the Security Council meets to consider resolutions, its members read them on clean sheets—lives that do not have blood, that do not have tears.”

UN Opening Event, Monday, March 25, 2019


“We have a military government that controls the state.”

“The United Nations is not necessarily a good holder of human rights. In the Security Council, two oppressive regimes—Russia and China—are vetoing everything.”

Diego Arria at UN opening of 2019 Geneva Summit