Just hours after returning from meetings at the United Nations in New York, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza sat down for a one on one interview with the GrayZone Project’s Anya Parampil. The two discussed Arreaza’s effort to reaffirm international support for the concept of state sovereignty amid the Trump Administration’s effort to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
While in New York, Arreaza announced the formation of what he described as “an important group” of UN members states which are “concerned over the need to maintain respect for the principles” guaranteed by the international body’s founding charter, such as territorial integrity, self-determination, and sovereignty.
Arreaza explained that the idea to create this coalition was conceived in New York.
“When I arrived on Monday, I went to the reception for the 40th anniversary of the [Iranian] Islamic Revolution, and then several ambassadors gathered, and they came up with the idea— and I said we agree,” Arreaza told the Grayzone. “One of them said if we let this happen to Venezuela, who’s next? So we can’t let that happen.”
These dignitaries included Syria’s UN envoy Bashar Jafaari, the Grayzone later confirmed. Syria’s involvement in forming the alliance is significant because it underscores the terrifying reality many Venezuelans fear looms on the horizon: a catastrophic Syria-style regime-change war led by Washington.
The Arreaza-led initiative to refocus dialogue at the UN around the organization’s foundational treaty is an attempt to preserve Venezuela’s sovereignty before the battle reaches a bloody stage.
“Syria is a big lesson for all, that’s why this group in the UN is being created,” Arreaza said. “They prevailed. But how many people died? How many cities were destroyed? It was a bloodshed all over— so we don’t want that to happen, not in Venezuela, of course not in Nicaragua, Cuba— that this man Bolton has said are ‘The Troika of [Tyranny]’”.