World Bulletin / News Desk
The U.N. Human Rights Council observed a minute's silence on Wednesday for the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
The ambassador of Cuba - which has declared three days of mourning for its ally Chavez - led diplomats in Geneva in observing the minute's silence.
"On behalf of the Latin American and Caribbean states, we wish to express our deep solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela, particularly the family members and friends of Commandante Chavez," Ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo said.
"Chavez was key in Latin America's advance towards its second independence. He worked tirelessly not only for his people, but for the betterment of the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean," she said.
Under Chavez, Venezuela achieved most of the ambitious U.N. targets for improving health and education, known as the Millennium Development Goals, Cuba's envoy said.
"Chavez has not died, he didn't enter history yesterday, he entered history a decade ago when he began the Bolivarian Revolution and the struggle for real Latin American integration," she said.
Poland's Remigiusz Achilles Henczel, who holds the Council's rotating presidency, said: "We reiterate on behalf of the Council our condolences to the people and government of Venezuela at the death of Hugo Chavez."
Venezuela became one of the council's 47 members this year, under a system where member countries are selected by the U.N. General Assembly.
The Council, which is holding its main annual four-week session, on Tuesday discussed cases of arbitrary detention, including that of Venezuelan judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni Mora.Last Mod: 06 Mart 2013, 13:37