CARACAS, Sunday March 02, 2014 | Update

Venezuelan FM Elías Jaua to meet with UN Secretary-General in Geneva

Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations Jorge Valero said Ban Ki-moon called for a meeting to be held next Tuesday

UN Ambassador Jorge Valero issued a statement on Saturday (AVN)
Sunday March 02, 2014  06:17 AM
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua will meet with Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon in Geneva on Tuesday, amid growing calls for dialogue among political actors to end the worst unrest in a decade in Venezuela, Reuters reported.

Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations Jorge Valero on Saturday that the UN secretary-general had requested a meeting with the Venezuelan foreign minister for Tuesday, when a meeting of the UN Council for Human Rights will be held.

"He (Jaua) will have the opportunity to explain to human rights representatives the policies the Government is driving to promote peace and dialogue, and file complaints about the terrorist plans and the coup that have taken place in Venezuela," Valero said.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday condemned violence in recent weeks in Venezuela, "regardless of who is responsible," and urged the Government to ensure respect for freedom of expression and assembly. In his press release, Valero explicitly said his statements were a direct reply to Pillay's remarks. The High Commissioner rejected the "continuous inflammatory rhetoric on both sides" as "useless," Efe reported.