Venezuela: to promote peaceful and political solution & to avoid use of force
Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
28 February 2019
On Venezuela, we are going to go for a vote, as you know, a bit later this afternoon.
You know France’s position: there is a political crisis to which the response can only be a political one. There should be a political solution to a political crisis.
Based on this, for us what is particularly important is to promote a peaceful and political solution and to avoid the use of force as well as all forms of violence.
In this respect we consider that the American draft does not represent a legal basis for a use of force, nor an attempt to undermine the sovereignty of Venezuela. Rather, it reflects the tragic reality of this country today and our commitment, as I said, to a political and peaceful resolution to the crisis. That’s number one.
Number two, we also have a Russian draft, as you know. This Russian draft offers no solution to the crisis: it gives the illusion of a peaceful Venezuela, whereas more than 3.5 million people have fled the country. Nobody, I believe, can negate the humanitarian crisis and its consequences for the whole region. And I notice that the Russian draft never, at least in its current state, mentions the word “humanitarian”.
So this is the basis on which France will take its decision and assume its responsibilities.