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admin / November 14, 2017

Security Council will discuss Venezuelan situation

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The former ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, who heads the OAS process seeking evidence of alleged crimes against humanity committed in Venezuela, said the UN Security Council can send the case of Venezuela to the ICC so that investigate.

The Security Council of the United Nations will address for the second time this year the political situation in Venezuela.

Giovanni Davoli, spokesman of the Italian mission to the UN, confirmed on Friday that the agency will speak about the South American country on Monday afternoon.
Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), planned to attend the meeting, although the OAS had not confirmed his plans.
The possible participation of Almagro was announced on Wednesday when the interim ambassador of Venezuela in the OAS, Carmen Velásquez, asked the rotating president of the Permanent Council of that organization, the Canadian Jennifer May Loten, if the OAS had authorized Almagro to participate next week in an activity of the Security Council of the UN.
Loten replied that the Permanent Council would not offer an answer because Venezuela asked the question under an agenda item called “Other Matters,” in which they do not issue formal pronouncements.
Venezuela opposes the holding of these hearings on the grounds that the OAS has no competence to work as an international tribunal or as an auxiliary body of the International Criminal Court.
Almagro has promoted the holding of four public hearings at the OAS headquarters in Washington to analyze whether the International Criminal Court (ICC) should investigate crimes against humanity in Venezuela.
If this conclusion is reached, Almagro could refer the report to the ICC or arrange for one of the 28 OAS member states that recognize the authority of the ICC to submit the case.

Read in Spanish in Excelsior.