The U.N. Security Council meeting will move forward with a controversial decision to discuss Nicaragua and Venezuela, even without the consensus of all 15 members.
On Tuesday, China, Russia, Bolivia and Ethiopia rejected the U.S. proposal to include Nicaragua and Venezuela on the council agenda, saying the two Latin American countries pose no international security threat and that doing so could jeopardize peace efforts.
Equatorial Guinea and Kuwait were also hesitant to convene the conversation.
Despite the opposition, the United States proceeded to include Nicaragua and Venezuela on the agenda for the Security Council meeting, being presided over by the United States.
Last week, President Daniel Ortega dismissed a lengthy U.N. High Commission for Human Rights report regarding protests that took place between April 18 and August 18, calling its conclusions biased.
According to the Ortega administration, the report relies on Western mainstream media sources to gather information that hasn’t been fact-checked or verified.
President Ortega has also said the right-wing sector that initiated the soft-coup attempt meant to merely destabilize the economy and wasn’t concerned with work, health or education rights.
According to Nicaragua’s Commission for Truth Peace and Justice, 270 people died and over 2,100 were injured during the protests. Protests initially broke out in April over state plans to increase social security contributions in order to bridge a budget deficit. Those demonstrations were quickly co-opted by violent opposition groups demanding Ortega’s resignation.
In an exclusive interview, Ortega told teleSUR Nicaragua’s «extreme right» and U.S. officials were behind the violent protests: the same forces he said have been trying to topple the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro.
Washington’s Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the U.S. position on Nicaragua should remain on the records.
Bolivia is expected to try to block the meeting on Wednesday, but officials told Reuters the nine necessary votes to veto the agenda item have yet to be secured.
Top Photo | Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega and first lady Rosario Murillo attend the opening of a national dialogue, in Managua, Nicaragua, May 16, 2018. (AP/Alfredo Zuniga)