Former Venezuelan Official Proposes Oil-for-Food Scheme

Former Venezuelan Official Proposes Oil-for-Food Scheme

By Irina Slav - Jul 26, 2019, 2:00 PM CDT

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A former Venezuelan governor has proposed to the United Nations and the U.S. an oil-for-food program that he says will prevent famine in the crisis-stricken Latin American country that has the largest crude oil reserves in the world.

Reuters reports Henri Falcon, ex-governor of the Lara state in western Venezuela, had written to the UN and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs with the suggestion that U.S. sanctions against Venezuela were tweaked to accommodate the option of Venezuela exporting crude oil and getting paid for it in food and medicines.

The scheme is essentially the same that the UN implemented for Iraq following the introduction of sanctions against the Saddam Hussein government after its invasion of Kuwait in 1990. However, the Venezuelan opposition is divided on the idea.

According to some, the Maduro government will embezzle the money received in exchange for oil that is intended to be used for the imports of food and medicine.

“This program would not guarantee that the people would receive food because you have a structure of incentives to steal,” a member of parliament from Juan Guaido’s opposition party Popular Will told Reuters. The party is firmly focusing on removing Maduro from power as the only means of changing the situation in Venezuela for the better.

According to the author of the proposal, however, famine is a pressing matter.

“While politicians are seeking to distract attention exclusively, in some cases, toward the political element - but without results, without effect - people are still dying of hunger,” Henri Falcon said at a news conference and added that the country was “at the doors of famine.”

The United States imposed sweeping sanctions against Venezuela’s oil industry at the start of this year. Since then, production had fallen drastically with no crude going to U.S. Gulf refineries—once Venezuela’s biggest market.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

 

前委内瑞拉官员提出石油换食品计划

作者:Irina Slav - 2019726日,下午2:00 CDT

一位前委内瑞拉总督向联合国和美国提出了一项石油换粮食方案,他说这项计划将防止遭受危机影响的拉丁美洲国家遭受飢荒,该国拥有世界上最大的原油储备。

路透社报导,委内瑞拉西部拉拉州前省长亨利·法尔肯曾致函联合国和美国众议院外交事务委员会,建议美国对委内瑞拉的制裁进行调整,以适应委内瑞拉出口原油的选择权。并在食品和药品中获得报酬。

该计划与联合国在1990年入侵科威特后对萨达姆侯赛因政府实施制裁后对伊拉克实施的计划基本相同。然而,委内瑞拉反对派对这一想法存在分歧。

据一些人说,马杜罗政府将贪污收到的钱,以换取用于进口食品和药品的石油。

这项计划不能保证人民会收到食物,因为你有偷窃的激励结构,胡安瓜伊多的反对党众议员普莱斯告诉路透社。该党坚定地致力于将马杜罗从权力中移除,作为改善委内瑞拉局势的唯一手段。

然而,根据该提案的作者,飢荒是一个紧迫的问题。

虽然政治家们正试图在某些情况下专注于注意政治因素 - 但没有结果,但没有效果 - 人们仍然会因飢饿而死亡,亨利猎鹰在新闻发布会上说,并补充说,该国是在飢荒之门。

美国在今年年初对委内瑞拉的石油工业实施了全面制裁。从那时起,生产大幅下降,没有原油进入美国海湾炼油厂 - 曾经是委内瑞拉最大的市场。