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Venezuelans Celebrate Maduro's Withdrawal from the OAS

Featured His Excellency Mr. Jorge Valero, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva. His Excellency Mr. Jorge Valero, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.
Caracas, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of thousands of people, yesterday  gathered throughout Venezuela to celebrate the country's official departure from the Organization of American States (OAS), which occurs two years after President Nicolas Maduro sent a letter saying that this institution promotes attacks and aggressions against the South American country.

Venezuela''s withdrawal from the Organization of American States (OAS) was described as a supreme example of national dignity by the country''s permanent representative at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

In statements published in Caracas by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Jorge Valero stated that Venezuela withdrew from the agency due to the subordination of the latter to US interests, and insisted on the need that progressive changes in the balance of forces in the hemisphere should take place.

'Our country does not accept mandates emanating from the government of Donald Trump that violate its sovereignty. Facing the wiles of the most warlike imperialism in history, Venezuela will continue to bear the banners of independence and self-determination,' Valero said, according to the Foreign Ministry.

He also asserted that the OAS has always responded to Washington's interests, although he acknowledged that the general secretaries of the international organization maintained certain equanimity and synderesis on previous occasions, something that does not happen with Luis Almagro, who has been in office since 2015.

Valero stressed that Venezuela's withdrawal became official on Saturday, despite the fact that the OAS 'recognized' Gustavo Tarre, sent by the National Assembly, Parliament in contempt, as the country's representative, a fact that he described as 'compatible with the vassal nature of the hemispheric bloc.'

He recalled how the resolution with which they intend to give legitimacy to the entrance of the opposition representative was only signed by 18 of 33 countries that make up the organization.

The diplomat said that despite Venezuela's withdrawal from the OAS, the Bolivarian territory will maintain its impact on the community of nations, because we are 'an example for the states seeking their emancipation from US imperialism.'

Maduro decided to leave the U.S.-controlled institution after the OAS Permanent Council convened a foreign ministers meeting to discuss "the Venezuelan issue" May 2, 2017.

That year, the Venezuelan government dennounced that such meetings are a clear violation of the OAS Chart's Article 1, which states that the regional institution cannot "intervene in matters of the internal jurisdiction of member states."

During last week's OAS session in New York, representatives from the Venezuelan government were banned from being within a 40-mile radius of the meeting, and instead were replaced by representatives from the the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guiado, backed by the U.S. and the Lima Group.

OAS and its Secretary-General Luis Almagro has openly supported Guiado and a "military intervention aimed at overthrowing the regime of Nicolas Maduro" in Venezuela, parroting several high-ranking officials in the U.S. Trump administration, including the president himself.

"The Secretary-General has become a vehicle of the conflict against Venezuela. ... He has openly called for coup d'état and insurrection," said Samuel Moncada, who was the Bolivarian ambassador at OAS in 2017 and is now Venezuela's ambassador at the United Nations.

"Departing from the OAS is an act of independence and sovereignty," the ambassador said and added, "we are leaving an organization that is basically at service of the U.S. That is why we should celebrate [our decision] as an act of independence."​

  • Countries: Latin America

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