Diego Enrique Arria Salicetti (Caracas, 8 de octubre de 1938), es un economista, político, escritor y diplomático venezolano.
Cosagrada personalidad pública en la política y la diplomacia, en el ámbito fue Diputado al Congreso, Ministro de Información y Turismo así como también detentó la Gobernación de Caracas, mientras que en el ámbito internacional, destaca su rol como Director del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, Embajador venezolano ante la ONU, Presidente del Consejo de Seguridad y Secretario General Asistente y Consejero del Secretario General de la Organización de Naciones Unidas.
Tras un retiro de casi una década, como personalidad pública, Diego Arria regresa una vez más a la política al unirse a la Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, siendo actualmente, militante activo de la oposición al gobierno de Hugo Chávez. Presidencia de Venezuela, compitiendo en las Primarias organizadas por dicha entidad política, quedando en cuarto lugar con el 1% de los votos.
Igualmente, presentó su precandidatura para la
Diego Enrique Arria Salicetti (born 8 October 1938, Caracas, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan doctor of economics, politician, diplomat, former Venezuelan Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations (1991–1993) and President of the Security Council (March 1992). He was Governor of the Federal District of Caracas in the mid-1970s. Other positions have included Diplomatic Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. He was said to be one of the "twelve apostles" (a group of powerful men close to the Presidency) of Carlos Andrés Pérez' first presidency. He has filed charges for crimes against humanity against Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Arria resigned as head of CONAHOTU in order to support the presidential candidacy of Carlos Andrés Pérez (CAP) in 1973. Federal District (Caracas), at a time when this was one of the most important presidential appointments. In 1976 when he was Governor of the Federal District he went to Chile and asked President Pinochet to release his friend Orlando Letelier; which Pinochet did, but soon after this Letelier was murdered with a car bomb in Washington D.C by Pinochet's order. He subsequently moved from the governorship to become Minister of Information and Tourism in February 1977. He resigned on 17 March 1978, in order to stand as an independent candidate in the Venezuelan presidential election, 1978; he came fourth with 1.7% of the votes. As part of his campaign Arria initiated the launch of the daily newspaper El Diario de Caracas.
Shortly after CAP was elected in March 1974, he appointed Arria Governor of the
In 2012 Arria was a candidate for the presidential nomination of the Coali for the Venezuelan presidential election, 2012. Primary elections were held on February 12, 2012, with Henrique Capriles Radonski winning the nomination. tion for Democratic Unity
March 18, 2013