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    Burnt police motorcycles are seen during a protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Palmira, Venezuela, May 16, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

The U.S. tried to bring the situation in Venezuela to the Security Council, which the South American nation called an attack on its sovereignty.

Venezuela criticized the failed attempt by the U.S. to bring the topic of the political situation in the country to the U.N. Security Council, calling it a "calculated and deliberate strategy" to destabilize the country.

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Rafael Ramirez, ambassador for Venezuela to the United Nations said the organization's charter didn't allow for such meeting to take place.

“We demand respect of our sovereignty, a fundamental principle in the U.N. charter," Ramirez said during a press conference at U.N. headquarters in New York. 

He said violence grew in Venezuela after the head of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro, attempted to apply the Democratic Charter against Venezuela, a move that would have resulted in its suspension from the regional bloc.

“We are worried that the U.S. is trying to bring bilateral topics of our country into international positions. They have done so at the OAS,” Ramirez said.

Although a senior U.N. political affairs official briefed the 15-member Security Council on the situation on Wednesday, Uruguay's U.N. Ambassador Elbio Rosselli, president of the Security Council for May, said that Venezuela is not on the U.N. Security Council agenda.

Bolivia's U.N. Ambassador Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz, a member of the Security Council, agreed with Venezuela, telling reporters, "This meeting, instead of helping solve the problem, will really be an obstacle."

Ramirez said the U.S. has had a history of interventions in the region that have obstructed democracy not just in Venezuela, but also in other parts of Latin America.

“The U.S. as an interventionist (force) is part of the current situation in Venezuela, promoting violence,” Ramirez said. “The U.S. promoted the coup in our country in 2002.”

He said opposition protesters have not been peaceful, while the government has vowed to protect its citizens and promoted a dialogue to end the conflict, which was been supported by Pope Francis and former presidents of several countries. He also criticized what he called hypocrisy by other countries that have never shown any concern over poverty and other social issues in the region, but have ignored and even profited from it.

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“Why are they concerned about hunger in Venezuela, when they were never concerned for hunger worldwide?” Ramirez asked, adding that the country is far from having a humanitarian crisis, but instead suffers the impacts of a coordinated economic war.

The United States, one of the five permanent members of the security council, reportedly called for Venezuela to be discussed on the sidelines of an already-scheduled Security Council meeting, according to EFE. The discussion was supposed to take place in the form of private consultations and behind closed doors.

The Venezuelan opposition demands fresh elections and the removal from power of democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro, but at the same time rejected Maduro's call for a national Constituent Assembly. Part of the opposition has said it won't participate in the upcoming elections to select representatives to participate in the assembly.

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The government says the opposition has called for violent acts and accused them of trying to project an environment of ungovernability to seek support for foreign intervention and a coup.

Early this month, a U.S.-based solidarity group launched a campaign asking U.S. citizens to send an email to senators demanding they oppose Senate Bill S-1018, which would increase funding to opposition groups in Venezuela.

Since the start of the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela almost two decades ago under the leadership of late President Hugo Chavez and his successor Maduro, the United States has funded right-wing opposition groups in an attempt to regain its lost political and economic hegemony in the oil-rich region.

According to a 2007 U.S. strategic document leaked by former CIA-whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, Venezuela was seen as the main adversary of the United States in the Western Hemisphere. The country was listed as one of the top six "enduring targets for the NSA," along with China, North Korea, Iraq, Iran and Russia.

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