Venezuela hails ‘vic­tory’ over UN seat

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

CARA­CAS (AFP) — Venezuela hailed its “vic­tory” on Thurs­day over the “im­por­tant achieve­ment” of win­ning a seat on the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil de­spite fierce crit­i­cism over its own record.

For­eign Min­is­ter Jorge Ar­reaza said the coun­try would “cel­e­brate a new vic­tory for Bo­li­var­ian peace diplo­macy,” in ref­er­ence to the regime of so­cial­ist Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Tarek Wil­liam Saab de­scribed it as an “im­por­tant achieve­ment” while an­nounc­ing the re­lease of 24 jailed op­po­si­tion fig­ures.

Venezuela was one of 14 new mem­bers elected to the 47-mem­ber body for a three­year term, pick­ing up one of two Latin Amer­i­can seats avail­able on Thurs­day.

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