Noam Chomsky supports initiative of Group of Friends in Defense of UN Charter

US respected intellectual Noam Chomsky expressed his support for creating a Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations, an initiative promoted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and other UN member states within the multilateral organization.

“[Defending the UN Charter] is a very noble objective. The UN Charter has a lot of good things in it; it’s very much worth defending,” remarked Chomsky at a virtual meeting called “A Conversation with Noam Chomsky: Perils and Possibilities of Our Time,” organized by the Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity among the Peoples and the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research.

Chomsky also proposed to defend the multilateral nature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

As a special guest, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister pointed out that his country proposed in 2019 the creation of the Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations, following the US attempt to impose a president in Venezuela who self-proclaimed at a square without being elected.

Arreaza explained that 20 countries have joined the Group and others are joining it, most of them member states of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), in addition to China and Russia.

“Soon the Group will hold its first formal meetings,” he announced.

Likewise, the Venezuelan foreign minister said they have created another group, not within the context of the UN, that gathers those nations that have been subjected to unilateral coercive measures.

“The spirit here is to learn, exchange experiences, and to create mechanisms so that this huge power of the United States and corporate imperialism, which is represented by the US, is stopped from generating suffering on the peoples, or at least trying to make this suffering less serious,” stated Arreaza.