Venezuela, Cuba denounce US ‘hegemony’ in UNGA speeches

The relationship of both Venezuela and Cuba with the US have deteriorated in recent years. Photo: Reuters


Maduro calls on the world to fight ‘imperialism’ while Cuba accuses the US of threatening ‘international peace’.

By Aljazeera

Sep 22, 2020

Venezuela has called for the world to fight “hegemony” and “imperialist ideas” while Cuba called the United States “the greatest danger to international peace and security” during the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) virtual summit to mark 75 years of the global body.

In a pre-recorded speech on Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, recently accused by UN investigators of “crimes against humanity”, denounced “the world of hegemony, the world of imperialism” and insisted on the need to be “united” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Venezuela supports a multipolar world, a renewed UN system, a system that knows how to enforce international law and protect the people of the world,” he said, condemning attacks by the US on the World Health Organization, without explicitly naming the country.

“This is not the time to insult, to threaten the WHO, it is now the time to unite in its favour,” he said.

“The world defeated fascism 75 years ago. The world will also win against those who seek hegemony, against imperialist ideas, and it will be able to defeat neo-fascism,” said the socialist leader, whose legitimacy in office is not recognised by the US and its allies.

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