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Venezuela's Chavez wants UN out of United States

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez used the United Nations on Thursday to fire a broadside at the United States, saying the world body should move out of New York over the war in Iraq
[You've got to love this guy. The US staged a coup against him, they've been trying to overthrow him for years maybe even assassinate him. Denied visa to him repeatedly. Denied visa for his stuff for the current ongoing UN summit to prevent him from getting there. Yet he has the guts to walk in there, in New York, and tell it like it is. I love this guy. he even called Pat Robertson a terrorist for calling for his assassination. Why can't we get a Chavez for president in this damn country he???]
-- free human being

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Venezuela's Chavez wants UN out of United States By Irwin Arieff
Thu Sep 15, 8:17 PM ET


Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez used the United Nations on Thursday to fire a broadside at the United States, saying the world body should move out of New York over the war in Iraq.

In a speech to the U.N. world summit, he also said the United States had failed its own people in its response to Hurricane Katrina, accused Washington of fueling terrorism and faulted it for its doctrine of pre-emptive military strikes.

"Today we know there were never weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but despite that, and going over the head of the United Nations, Iraq was bombed and occupied. So the United Nations must be pulled out of the United States," Chavez said.

The three-day New York summit was convened to mark the United Nations' 60th birthday by laying out a plan for multilateral action in the new century on terrorism, human rights, development, peacebuilding and U.N. management reform.

Chavez branded the plan "illegal" for failing to respect anti-poverty goals set by a U.N. summit in 2000 and said the United Nations instead needed drastic overhaul.

"The United Nations has outlived its model. It's not just a question of bringing about reform. The 21st century requires profound changes," he said.

Among changes he advocated were expansion of the 15-nation U.N. Security Council, which has global authority over matters of international peace and security; strengthening the role of the secretary-general, and eliminating the council veto granted the United States, China, Russia, Britain and France.

Chavez noted bitterly that U.S. television evangelist Pat Robertson, a strong supporter of President George W. Bush who called for Washington to assassinate him, remained a free man. Robertson later apologized for his remark.

"This is an international crime, terrorism," Chavez said.

Ties between the United States and Venezuela, the world's No. 5 oil exporter, have been cool since Chavez came to power in 1998, ushering in social reforms and forging close ties with communist Cuba.
Worth to Listen to It 19.Sep.2005 10:30

Tom

Yes, it is a wonderful and an inspiring oratory. It reminded me by its passion to the George Galloway speech at the Senate hearings earlier this year.
The recorded video can be watched at: un.org/webcast/summit2005/statements15.html (real player required) available both the original spanish as well as the boringly intoned english voiceover version, as well as the original spanish text.
English translation of the text can be accessed at: bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=8291