Maduro calls for 'refoundation' of UN

PRESIDENT Nicolas Maduro called on international leaders at the UN general assembly late on Wednesday to work for a “refoundation” of the world body.

He urged that the UN undergo a profound transformation and recognise that the world is now multipolar, defined by new regional alliances.

Mr Maduro said that the security council in particular needed an immediate overhaul to ensure that it reflects the modern world, in which every region has its own voice and ambitions.

He praised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for helping stave off Islamic State militants and pledged $5 million to the fight against Ebola.

The Venezuelan leader also railed against harassment by the “imperial forces” of the US empire “that have tried again and again to undermine democracy.”

President Maduro concluded his remarks with a prayer for peace, which would only be possible, he said, when the sovereignty of each country is respected.