US try to put conditions on Venezuelan Delegation visas to attend UN General Assembly
The Venezuelan President spoke of attempts by the US to set “conditions” on a visa issued to General Wilmer Barrientos, one of Maduro’s ministers who is slated to attend meetings during the UN General Assembly next week.
“They want to put conditions, if we decide to go to New York…They don’t want to give a visa to my minister,” said Maduro. “Do we want to go as tourists? We’re going to the United Nations. You’re obligated to give visas to all the delegation.”
Appearing via the television network TeleSUR on Thursday, Maduro indicated that he had directed his foreign minister, Elías Jaua, and Venezuela’s Ambassador to the UN, Samuel Moncada, to “activate all mechanisms” in reference to the visa dispute.
“US, you are not the UN’s owner. The UN will have to move out of New York,” remarked Maduro.
He warned that if he has to take “measures” against the government of the US, he would be prepared to take “the most drastic measures necessary” to ensure Venezuelan sovereignty.
Venezuelan president denied travel through US airspace – Caracas
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua told media that an aircraft carrying President Nicolas Maduro was denied a path over Puerto Rico’s airspace.
President Maduro’s flight, which was to depart for China, was forced to find an alternate flight path according to Jaua, who denounced the act as “an act of aggression.”
“We have received the information from American officials that we have been denied travel over its airspace,” Jaua said, speaking to reporters during an official meeting with his South African counterpart.
“We denounce this as yet another aggression on the part of North American imperialism against the government of the Bolivarian Republic,” he added.
“No one can deny airspace to a plane carrying a president on an international state visit.”
There is “no valid argument” for denying travel through American airspace, Jaua said, adding that he expected the US to rectify the situation.
President Maduro was due to arrive in Beijing this weekend for bilateral talks with the Chinese government. Jaua was adamant that the Venezuelan leader would reach his destination, regardless of any perceived interference.
Bolivian President Evo Morales, whose own plane was grounded this summer allegedly due to suspicions by US authorities that the aircraft was transporting whistleblower Edward Snowden, said that ALBA bloc nations should consider a boycott of the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York as a response.
“We cannot accept that the US carries on with politics of intimidation and the prohibition of flights by presidents,”said Morales, adding that the latest incident “demonstrates the country’s predisposition to humiliate other governments” and commit crimes against other nations.
When the news that the Venezuelan Presidential Jet had been denied a flight path to China via US air space (over Puerto Rico) was released, it reminded us of the incident involving Bolivian President Evo Morales. When US allies not only made the choice to deny airspace clearance to the Presidential Jet, (allegedly due to suspicions by US authorities that the aircraft was transporting whistleblower Edward Snowden). They also insisted that the Bolivian Presidential Jet be boarded and searched.
This latest incident came as no surprise when one considers the comments of US Secretary Kerry back in July of this year: Link Here
Kerry reportedly threatened to ground any Venezuelan aircraft in America’s or any NATO country’s airspace if there is the slightest suspicion that Snowden is using the flight to get to Caracas.
The media outlet’s source said that the US’ top diplomat sent a clear signal that Venezuela’s Air Force One is not immune and President Nicolas Maduro could easily face the same fate as his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales, whose plane was grounded for inspection in Austria in violation of all international diplomatic agreements.
“Immunity is for the president, not the plane,” the ABC source cites Kerry’s personal message to President Maduro as saying.
Kerry also reportedly promised to intensify the ongoing process of revoking US entry visas to Venezuelan officials and businessmen associated with the deceased President Hugo Chavez.
The statements by Secretary Kerry bring up many questions, the major one being: what right does the US Secretary of state have to declare the airspace of other NATO countries closed to anybody?.
Is the US Secretary statement and this latest incident clarification of the suspicions that came to light as a result of the Bolivian Presidential Jet fiasco, that the US calls the shots and their European allies follow obediently and submissively?.
The whole situation reminds one of the malevolence often displayed by playground bullies as they seek to deny the weaker child or children the amenities of the playground. Denying the Venezuelan Presidential Jet access to US airspace (Puerto Rico) being akin to the bully denying his victim the ability to return home via his (the bully’s) neighbourhood.
Denying or putting conditions on the visa applications of the Venezuelan delegation which is trying to attend the UN because of any association with deceased President Hugo Chavez, is akin to the bully refusing to pick certain children for his team in a game of football because they are friends with a child that the bully doesn’t like!.
Only the difference here is the bully (The US) is also denying the victim (Venezuela) the right to attend a meeting at the UN.
T.J. Total World View…
20th September 2013.