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Published:January 26th, 2019 12:40 EST

Security Council Convenes Meeting to Discuss Political Turmoil in Venezuela

By SOP newswire3

The United Nations political chief told an urgent meeting of the Security Council on Saturday that the protracted political crisis in Venezuela is a cause for serious concern and is having a grave impact on the population, with high levels of political polarization, growing humanitarian needs and serious human rights concerns.


"We must do all we can to prevent a worsening of tensions," Rosemary DiCarlo, UN Under Secretary-General of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs told Council members: "We must try to help bring about a political solution that will allow the country`s citizens to enjoy peace, prosperity and all their human rights."

The urgent meeting was requested late last week by United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the wake of days of upheaval in Venezuela marked by popular protests that erupted on Wednesday after the leader of the legislature, Juan Guaidó, declared himself interim president, a direct challenge to President Nicolás Maduro, who had been sworn in to a second term in office just two weeks earlier.

In a statement issued by his Spokesperson on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged all parties to "lower tensions" in the South American country and called for all relevant actors to commit to inclusive and credible political dialogue. Concerned by reports of casualties in the context of demonstrations and unrest in and around the capital Caracas, the UN chief also called for a transparent and independent investigation of those incidents.

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