from SAVIOUS KWINIKA in Johannesburg, South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Africa is against influential nations to meddle in the internal affairs of other countries.
This comes amid some countries threatening to use force against the territorial integrity and political independence of Venezuela.
“This is inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations (UN), which was founded to maintain international peace and security among nations based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members,” stated Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN, during the Open Briefing of the UN Security Council.
He said it was important to note that the UN Charter and international law proscribed the threat of force.
Matjila highlighted that the African continent had also suffered a great deal as external forces used undemocratic tools of regime change to solve problems on the continent.
“In principle, we are strongly opposed to this way of solving any problem. This approach takes away the basic rights of the people of the country to determine their own future,” he added.
Matjila proposed inclusive dialogue as the only viable and sustainable path to ending the political crisis in Venezuela.
“Political dialogue should seem obvious and the first logical port of call, yet the actions of some in the international community have not been conducive and encouraging to this approach.”
The envoy said isolating and vilifying one party, and calling for a specific prescribed course of action which would preclude dialogue would only foment possible recourse to armed conflict.
“I reiterate, this is inconsistent with the purpose of the UN Security Council,” Matjila said.
Venezuela’s current crisis is rooted in the 2018 election that incumbent Nicolas Maduro won.
Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, France and the United States deemed the election as fraudulent and moved to recognize Juan Guaidó as president.
Other countries including Cuba, China, Russia, Turkey and Iran have continued to recognise Maduro as president.
In January the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS) approved a resolution not recognise the legitimacy of Maduro’s new term.
– CAJ News