Venezuela calls for suspension of the session scheduled by the Organization of American States (OAS) for Tuesday, March 28, on the grounds that said session aims to violate OAS regulations.
Through a statement, the Foreign Ministry said this request is made due to the maneuver promoted by a minority faction of OAS member nations, which seek to undermine Venezuelan sovereignty, using the regional platform.
Here is the full statement:
BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in view of the serious and irregular developments against the Venezuelan State within the Organization of American States (OAS), has requested the Chair of the Permanent Council to suspend the session convened for 28 March by a group of countries without having the due consent of the Venezuelan Government, as envisaged in the norms governing this regional organization.
There is ongoing harassment against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela led by the United States of America through the occupant of OAS General Secretariat, Mr. Luis Almagro, and a group of countries that have formed a minority faction, and have fomented a pernicious international environment about the course of democratic life in Venezuela, trying to undermine its sovereignty and independence.
Venezuela warns of the serious consequences and dangers that surrounds the vigorous Venezuelan democracy and its successful human rights model, following OAS chief actions against the constitutional system of our country.
Destabilizing Venezuela will have effects beyond our borders, and will weigh heavily on the regional life and historical development of the Great Homeland.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela categorically rejects the interventionist plan of a minority faction of countries within the OAS to attack our homeland, as well as repudiates the excessive and unlawful behavior of Mr. Luis Almagro through his criminal actions against the Venezuelan public powers. If this illegal, unilateral, deviant and biased action in favor of violent extremists against Venezuela persists, we will proceed with severity and firmness through diplomatic means, instruments of international law and in accordance with the Venezuelan constitutional order.
“The union is certainly what we need
to complete the work of our regeneration.”
Caracas, March 27, 2017
Venezuela calls for OAS session to be suspended Tuesday
The Venezuelan government urged the Organization of American States Monday to suspend a meeting scheduled for Tuesday to debate the economic and political situation in Venezuela, arguing that it violates the organization’s norms since it was planned without the consent of the South American country.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said that at the request of Luis Almagro, head of the OAS, the meeting intends to validate an intervention in the country’s internal political affairs and attack the government of President Nicolas Maduro through the application of the organization’s “Democratic Charter” against Venezuela.
The organization hasn’t confirmed if it would vote on Almagro’s demand.
Rodriguez argues that Almagro, with the support of the United States, “has formed a minority faction and has fostered a damaging international environment over the course of democratic life in Venezuela, seeking to undermine its sovereignty and independence.”
During a meeting at the OAS headquarters in Washington Monday, the Venezuelan foreign minister accused Almagro of acting to advance two objectives: destroying the country’s Bolivarian Revolution that has been praised for social advances and substituting the government of Nicolas Maduro.
“Almagro is a liar, dishonest, evildoer and mercenary,” said Rodriguez, adding that, “Almagro is not acting alone, he is a conduit for the orders that are dictated to him by Washington.”
She accused the OAS of serving U.S. interests since its beginning, pointing out how the organization kept quite in the face of almost 50 coups across Latin America and the Caribbean.
“The OAS never condemned the coup attempt against Chavez,” said Rodriguez. “The OAS supported the invasion to Guatemala and the failed invasion to Cuba.”
Almagro’s call for a meeting on Venezuela was supported by 18 countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia and Uruguay.
“Destabilizing Venezuela will have effects beyond our borders,” Rodriguez said.
If a third of the 34 members countries that are part of the OAS vote to apply the “Democratic Charter,” it would suspend Venezuela and authorize an international intervention.
“If this illegal, unilateral, deviant and biased action continues in favor of violent extremists in Venezuela, we will proceed with severity and firmness through diplomatic means, the instruments of international law and in accordance with the Venezuelan constitutional order,” said Rodriguez.
The foreign minister attended a meeting at the OAS in 2016 after members of the Venezuelan opposition asked the organization to apply the charter against their own country.
Supporters of President Nicolas Maduro are set to hit the streets on Tuesday in “anti-imperialist” marches against OAS and foreign intervention in the South American country.
Meanwhile, mediators in Venezuela’s dialogue process between the government and opposition — former presidents of Spain, the Dominican Republic and Panama Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Leonel Fernandez and Martin Torrijos — also issued a statement Monday reiterating their support for the negotiations aimed at smoothing flared political tensions between Maduro’s administration and its opponents.
The letter noted that since the OAS has mentioned the dialogue in its recent statements on the situation in the country, the former presidents facilitating the UNASUR-sponsored process felt obliged to comment on the talks and their potential.
“We think that dialogue is possible and more necessary than ever in Venezuela,” they wrote. “A dialogue based on the values of democracy, human rights and peace and managed with the only tools at our disposal: words, good faith and diplomacy.”