“I would like to think that Biden is going to re-think the mistakes that were made in the Obama administration,” said Venezuelan diplomat Diego Arria in an interview with El American.
“U.S. policy is not going to change much, what is going to change is the style. I would like to think that Biden is going to reconsider the mistakes that were made in the Obama administration,” he told El American in relation to an eventual opening with Cuba.
Diego Arria, economist and former president of the UN Security Council, pointed out that the organization has left aside its “mission” with which it was created to protect the world; and now it is managed under the interests of the main powers.
“The role of the Security Council is no longer the same for which it was created, it is controlled by countries that prefer to manage their own interests such as Russia, China or the United States itself,” Diego Arria said in the interview.
He added that the Council, which he himself presided over, “is no longer a hope” for countries at war or dominated by tyrannies.
However, Arria celebrated the return of the United States to the Human Rights Council, in spite of its discredit for being made up of the main violators of rights in the world.
“Venezuela, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Russia are in the Human Rights Council… it has lost its essence, because many of the main tyrants of the world are there. However, I think it is very important for the United States to return to be part of the Human Rights Council because the voice of the United States cannot go unnoticed,” he added.
“Venezuela is no longer in the spotlight”
In relation to the situation in Venezuela, Arria admitted that the South American country “already ceased to be in the spotlight,” and said that to correct such situation “more active presence in the United States” is needed.
“Just as President Donald Trump was the one who did the most for the cause in Venezuela, there is no reason for the United States to stop being the main ally,” Diego Arria said.
The 82-year-old said he is worried that the Biden administration will make the same mistakes as Obama in foreign policy, especially in the case of opening relations with Cuba.
“I was very worried during the campaign because Biden said that we had to open the doors and give opportunities to Cuba, but doing that is closing the doors to freedom in Venezuela (…) I was afraid that Biden, who was Obama’s vice-president, would resume the policies towards Cuba excluding the issue of Venezuela. I am also worried that the Democratic Party will take Cuba off the list of terrorist countries.”
In relation to the approval of the TPS for Venezuelans, Arria explained that although the approval of a benefit for Venezuelans could seem like a surrender by the U.S. Government in relation to a change in Venezuela, he assured that it is also “true that thousands of Venezuelans in that country need to regularize their migratory situation”.
“For those who are in the United States it is a lifesaver because it allows them to settle and work”, he said.