The OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, said today in Miami that the Venezuelan State "has been completely eaten up by drug trafficking" and raised the need for a "Venezuela Plan" similar to the one launched by the US. to defeat the narcos in Colombia.
Almagro is the main speaker of the forum "Are Latin American democracies kidnapped by organized crime?" which is celebrated today at Miami Dade College (MDC) with the presence of several Latin American presidents.
The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) used harsh words to refer to the Venezuelan government and its alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
It is something "very serious", of what, he said, there is evidence such as the fact that two nieces of President Nicolás Maduro have been sentenced to 18 years in prison for drug trafficking in the United States and that there are "hundreds of millions of dollars frozen by money laundering "property of other Venezuelan leaders.
He also stressed that those who rule in Venezuela "are not going to get out of power", because from there they hold "the criminal apparatus", and opined that the international community should "take the blame" for having promoted a government-opposition dialogue in 2016. that country, when the protests in the Venezuelan streets were raging
On the Plan Venezuela said that it should also include the Colombian guerrillas FARC and the ELN for being involved in drug trafficking.
Almagro also spoke about the denunciations before the International Criminal Court filed against President Nicolás Maduro by a group of Latin American countries.
He pointed out that the ICC has "a very clear moral dilemma," as it is "the only one that has not responded to the human rights violations in Venezuela."
It is "fundamental" to open an investigation, said Almagro, who stressed that if "prisoners are thrown into the dictators," the "end of the dictatorship" is achieved.
In his opinion, when organized crime seizes power, it "stops responding completely to the needs of the people", as is the case today in Venezuela.
In the forum, organized by the Mezerhane Chair of the MDC, participate, besides Almagro, the presidents Andrés Pastrana, from Colombia; Luis Alberto Lacalle, from Uruguay; Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, from Chile; Jamil Mahuad, from Ecuador; Jorge Quiroga, from Bolivia, and Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, from Costa Rica.