Venezuela Opposes Libya Military Intervention

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[Global: Libya]

Venezuela's United Nations Ambassador, Jorge Valero, has criticized countries seeking for the use of military force in Libya. He said countries advocating military intervention are not trying to defend human rights, but to establish a protectorate to seize one of the most important oil and energy sources in the Middle East.

Valero proposed that the United Nations create of a "Goodwill
International Commission for Peace" through the immediate promotion of
dialog between Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi's government and the
opposition sectors. "This will allow us to reach understanding and
reconciliation of the Libyan people," he said. Venezuelan President Hugo
Chávez made the proposal on Monday night.

Ambassador Valero said the commission could have representatives of the
African Union (AU), the League of Arab States, the Organization of the
Islamic Conference (OIC), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Union of
South American Nations (UNASUR - Spanish acronym) and the Bolivarian
Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA - Spanish acronym), among

international organizations.

During the debate on General Assembly on Resolution A/65/L.60, Ambassador Valero said any United Nations resolution should be aimed at promoting peace and understanding, and not to favor war. "The objective of a resolution is to preserve sovereign unity and territorial integrity of the Libyan State," he said.

"We reiterate our condemnation of violence, imperialism and interventionism," Valero said. He said he deplored "the double standard used by imperialist countries regarding human rights" and referred to the death of thousands of people as a result of the military invasions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. "The Libyan people, as the only protagonist of its history, is the only one entitled to choose its own destiny without foreign interference," he said.

Valero said any decision made on Libya must be based "on an objective and credible inquiry, which confirms the veracity of the facts since any country can be condemned a priori."

"Speaking Truth To Empower."

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