Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has reaffirmed the need to strengthen and protect multilateralism in a meeting with United Nations General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak in New York.
The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said that Venezuela told Lajcak it was committed to strengthening the United Nations.
The meeting was also attended by the Venezuelan ambassador to the U.N., Rafael Ramirez. In addition to heading the General Assembly, Lajcak is also the Slovak minister of foreign affairs.
Prior to the meeting, Arreaza accused the United States of violating the organization’s charter by threatening to wage war during his address to the U.N. General Assembly.
“As if he were the world’s emperor, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, used this podium built for peace to announce wars, the total destruction of member states … Coercive measures, threatening and judging as if he had absolute, dictatorial powers over the sovereign member states of our organization,” Arreaza said.
Trump had threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if it was forced to defend the U.S. or its allies.
Arreaza argued that the United States does not deserve to participate in the U.N. Human Rights Council because it is the principle violator of human rights standards worldwide.
The United States has failed to ratify 72 percent of U.N. international agreements on human rights.
The Movement of Non-Aligned Countries or NAM also issued a statement rejecting the use of coercive measures against sovereign peoples, added Arreaza.