US walks out of UN arms forum as Venezuela takes chair

‘We have to try to prevent these types of states from presiding over international bodies’

We have to try to do what we can to prevent these types of states from presiding over international bodies,” Robert Wood, US disarmament ambassador, said after leaving the session in Geneva.

We have to try to do what we can to prevent these types of states from presiding over international bodies,” Robert Wood, US disarmament ambassador, said after leaving the session in Geneva.

 

The US walked out of the Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday to protest Venezuela assuming the rotating presidency of the UN-sponsored forum - as it did a year ago when Syria took the chair.

“We have to try to do what we can to prevent these types of states from presiding over international bodies,” Robert Wood, US disarmament ambassador, told reporters after leaving the session in Geneva.

“A representative of Juan Guaido, the interim president, should be in this body, should be sitting in that chair right now...The former (Nicolas) Maduro regime is in essence dead, it just doesn’t want to lay down.”

Mr Maduro maintains control over Venezuela’s state institutions, calls Mr Guaido a puppet of Washington and blames US sanctions for a hyperinflationary economic meltdown and humanitarian crisis. –Reuters