Brian Nichols, Under Secretary of State for the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, said the United States respects Colombian President Gustavo Petro’s decision to resume ties with Venezuela, but wants Venezuela to choose its leaders. Be able to do as it happened in Colombia.
In an interview on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly, Nichols answered questions from voice of america Some of the issues that interest the region the most, such as the situation in Venezuela, Nicaragua and drug trafficking.
“Countries are sovereign, they can build their diplomatic relations with countries they deem convenient. President Petro has been very clear that he wants to change policy in this regard,” Nicholas said.
As for the United States, he said, “the important thing is that the Venezuelan people have the same choice of choosing their leaders through free and transparent elections as the Colombians have.”
Nichols said the US stance is to bring the Venezuelan government and opposition back to the negotiating table in Mexico.
However, it is doing everything it can to “free” the Americans “wrongfully detained on the third floor”.
“Obviously, we focus on human rights, the human condition inside Venezuela, which is an extremely difficult situation for ordinary people, and this is a situation where the Nicolas Maduro regime violates the fundamental rights of all people for days. “
In this sense, Nicolas reaffirmed that the United States fully supports the investigative mission of the United Nations, which has been very important and effective in discovering the real facts of what is happening in Venezuela, and reiterated his recent words in the Senate. That the United States may lose patience with Maduro.
The official also reacted to statements made before the United Nations by the Foreign Minister of Nicaragua, who called the United States false to condemn human rights violations and other policies of the Daniel Ortega government.
“The United Nations, the Human Rights Council, the OAS, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights have all condemned the actions of the Ortega-Murillo regime,” Nichols recalled.
He said that “today, the Ortega Murillo regime has stopped cable television service CNN in Spanish because they are reporting the events in this country.”
“This is yet another act of an undemocratic regime that respects neither the fundamental rights of the people, nor the freedom of expression, nor the media, nor of worship. What we want to see is a change in policies, the release of political prisoners, respect for the fundamental rights of the people in Nicaragua,” said Nicolas.
Asked if he expected to see more sanctions against Daniel Ortega’s government, he replied: “It could be.”
In general, he believed that the 77th United Nations General Assembly “has been an opportunity to focus attention on the problems of ordinary people in our hemisphere: the rise of justice, good jobs, economic growth, climate change.”
“We are focusing on this and there is a great need to support people in their daily lives and we are working towards that.”
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