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Venezuela blames Israel, UN’s inaction for worsening instability in West Asia

A man holds a sign that reads in Spanish ‘Palestine you are not alone,’ during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian people in Caracas, Venezuela on October 21,2023. (File Photo by AP)

The Venezuelan government has blasted the Israeli regime for its destabilizing actions in West Asia, emphasizing that the United Nations' inaction has worsened the unstable situation in the region.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yvan Gil said in a social media post on Sunday that the key to achieving peace in West Asia lies in upholding justice and international law, particularly in relation to the Palestinian people and state.

“As a result of the genocide in Palestine and the irrationality of the Israeli regime as well as the inaction of the United Nations, the situation of instability in the region has worsened dramatically in recent weeks,” the statement said.

El Gobierno de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela sigue los preocupantes acontecimientos en desarrollo en el Medio Oriente. Producto del genocidio en Palestina y la irracionalidad del régimen de Israel, así como de la inacción del Sistema de Naciones Unidas, la situación de…

— Yvan Gil (@yvangil) April 14, 2024

"Venezuela advocates the construction of peace with justice as most countries in the world want," the statement added.

The Venezuelan government has condemned Israel's genocidal acts in Gaza and called on the international community to take steps to punish the aggressor and perpetrator of genocide.

“Venezuela has a clear position. This is a massacre by Israel. We at the United Nations had a very critical position in this regard, that this situation must be stopped,” the Venezuelan foreign minister said in February.

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched “extensive” retaliatory missile and drone strikes against the occupied territories on Saturday night local time, in response to the Israeli regime’s terrorist attack of April 1 against the Islamic Republic’s diplomatic premises in the Syrian capital Damascus.

In a letter addressed to UN chief Antonio Guterres and Security Council President Vanessa Frazier on Saturday, Tehran asserted that its recent strike on Israel is a legitimate and warranted response to Israeli “aggressions.”

Iran’s invocation of Article 51 of the UN Charter occurred following a 13-day period marked by the Security Council’s inaction and silence, coupled with its failure to condemn the Israeli regime’s aggressions. Certain countries’ precipitous condemnation of Iran’s exercise of its…

— Permanent Mission of I.R.Iran to UN, NY (@Iran_UN) April 14, 2024

“This action was in the exercise of Iran’s inherent right to self-defense as outlined in Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations and in response to the Israeli recurring military aggression, particularly its armed attack on 1st April 2024 against Iranian diplomatic premises, in the defiance of Article 2 (4) of the Charter of the United Nations,” the letter wrote.

Earlier, the Iranian mission to the United Nations said the UN Security Council’s condemnation of the Israeli atrocity could have prevented the need for retaliation.

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