The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) began on Tuesday to debate a resolution to recognize as Gustavo Tarre's permanent representative of Venezuela before the agency, appointed by opposition leader Juan Guaidó.
The session of the Permanent Council, of an extraordinary nature, began more than an hour late because there was a problem with the votes, diplomatic sources told Efe.
During that hour of delay, the US ambassador could be seen. before the OAS, Carlos Trujillo, negotiating in the corridors with Deon L. Williams, the alternate representative before the Jamaican agency, a country allied to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, and whose prime minister met at the end of March with the US president, Donald Trump.
In that meeting, Trump promised financial assistance to the leaders of five Caribbean countries (Bahamas, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
The resolution, presented by Colombia with the support of seven countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Colombia), seeks to "accept the appointment of Mr. Gustavo Tarre, as Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela before the Council Permanent Council of the OAS ", as it appears in the text.
One of the representatives of Venezuela before the agency, Asbina Ixchel Marin Sevilla, opposed the call of the session considering that it violates the internal regulations of the OAS.
"If this manipulation is allowed, national sovereignty, popular sovereignty will be eliminated and we will live in the world no longer of international law but of the law of the strongest or the most numerous," affirmed Marin Sevilla, who is sitting in the seat destined to Venezuela.
Marin Sevilla and the rest of Venezuelan diplomats faithful to Maduro are scheduled to leave the agency on April 27, at which time the request made by the Executive of Maduro two years ago and that, for procedural reasons, can only be effective month.
However, on January 22, the National Assembly of Venezuela (AN, Parliament), controlled by the opposition, adopted the decision to guarantee the country's permanence in the OAS.
The chairmanship of the Permanent Council is held by Trujillo, the US ambassador. who took the lead on April 1.
Tarre's access to the chair of Venezuela has great symbolic value at the regional level, but also practical consequences since it would allow Guaidó to participate actively in the Pan-American body through voting.
Guaidó, leader of the Parliament of Venezuela, proclaimed himself interim president of his country on January 23, considering that Maduro usurps the Presidency, and has received the backing of at least 50 governments of America and Europe.