Ros-Lehtinen Leads Bipartisan Letter To Secretary Kerry, Ambassador Power, Urging U.S. Opposition to Venezuela’s Inclusion on UN Security Council

Sep 25, 2014

Ros-Lehtinen Leads Bipartisan Letter To Secretary Kerry, Ambassador Power, Urging U.S. Opposition to Venezuela’s Inclusion on UN Security Council

(Washington) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement today after spearheading a bipartisan effort urging Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Power, to oppose Venezuela’s bid for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 UN session. Ros-Lehtinen was joined by Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Joe Garcia (D-FL), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and Sean Duffy (R-WI). Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“There should be no place for Venezuela at the UN Security Council. Nicolas Maduro and his regime have been the cause of instability in Venezuela and the Western Hemisphere region and allowing it a seat on the Security Council will legitimize and embolden this brutal regime and give it a platform from which it will attempt to undermine U.S. national security interests as well as global security. The world is facing many serious security threats, from ISIL in Iraq and Syria and the Iranian nuclear program to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and elsewhere; a Venezuelan seat on the Security Council would allow it to advocate for its allies like Syria, Iran and Cuba at a time when we need a united approach to confront these challenges.

“President Obama must oppose Venezuela’s bid for a seat at the Security Council, and Secretary Kerry and Ambassador Power must use the full weight, diplomacy and force of their offices to urge other nations to join the U.S. to vote against and defeat this maneuver by the Maduro regime. We must take a decisive stand for the sake of U.S. national security interests, but also to provide a voice and vote for those being oppressed and to promote our ideals of democracy, freedom and the respect for human rights.”