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Venezuela rejects 'despicable' US decision

Sept. 3, 2018 4:31 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 4, 2018 2:48 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The government of Venezuela expressed, on Monday, their deep concern over the United States Trump administration's decision to cut all funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The government of Venezuela issued a statement following the announcement by the US Trump administration saying that "such despicable measure may be the most biased and extreme ever taken by the United States since 1948 regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

"Far from contributing to the region's stability, the US is jeopardizing millions of people by collectively punishing them, availing itself of its economic power."

Venezuela expressed its solidarity with the Palestinian people and in specific to refugees.

The statement continued "they show once again their contempt for the multilateral system and their commitment to unilateralism, which only guides us towards arbitrariness and the law of the strongest."

"Intending to oppress a worthy people through economic extortion they shall not defeat its desire for national liberation."

Venezuela's statement added that "for more than 70 years, the Palestinian people have rejected all attempts seeking to impose over them agreements eliminating their nationality, hampering the return of those who have been expelled from their country and stealing their territories."

"We are confident that before this new attempt, the Palestinian people shall prevail with dignity."

Venezuela stressed "we reject the smear campaign against the organization and we reiterate our conviction that lasting peace is achieved through a dialogue based on respect and justice and not through coercion."

In the statement, Venezuela also acknowledged the consistent work of UNRWA officials who have continued to protect the basic human rights of all Palestinian refugees.

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