Venezuela rejects Almagro's intention to apply the OAS Charter to Nicaragua

Venezuela rejects Almagro's intention to apply the OAS Charter to Nicaragua



The Venezuelan government today rejected the intention of the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, to apply the Democratic Charter to Nicaragua, which opens the door to the suspension of the country from the organization.

"The unprintable Luis Almagro, once again demonstrates his subservience to the interests of US foreign policy, as well as the OAS 'obsessive instrumentalization against legitimate popular governments," according to a statement from the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry.

The Executive of Nicolás Maduro sees in the intentions of Almagro a "new imperialist maneuver under a multilateral facade against the will of the Nicaraguan people".

This "demonstrates the ideologization of regional policy within the OAS, at the same time that it expresses the absolute and definitive failure of this organization for the Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean," continues the official note.

However, Venezuela expressed its "unrestricted support" to the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, "reiterating the close bonds of fraternity and solidarity that represent unity and brotherhood among our nations."

Almagro said yesterday forced to begin the application of the Charter to Nicaragua and reported that it has the support of five member countries of the agency: Argentina, Colombia, Chile, the United States and Peru.

The Democratic Charter is a legal instrument that, in its articles 20 and 21, contemplates diplomatic procedures against a Member State where there is "an alteration of the constitutional order" and, if these efforts fail, it smooths the process for its suspension, thereby leaving to participate in the programs of the OAS.

To approve the suspension, the most sanctioned form that the OAS has, 24 votes are necessary, that is, two thirds of the 34 countries that are active members of the organization (Cuba belongs to the institution but has not participated in it since 1962).

In its 70 years of history, the OAS has only suspended two States (Cuba and Honduras); While in this year's General Assembly took a first step to start that process with Venezuela but did not gather support, although the South American country is in the process of leaving the agency.

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