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Opposition PNP wants Jamaica to justify its vote at OAS summit

Featured PNP spokesman on foreign affairs, Dr Morais Guy PNP spokesman on foreign affairs, Dr Morais Guy
KINGSTON, Jamaica June 28, 2016– Jamaica's main Opposition, the People's National Party,wants the Government to declare Jamaica’s position on whether to accept the agenda at the recent meeting called by the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS), which failed to recognize the legitimacy of the democratically elected government of Venezuela.

In a news release Monday, PNP spokesman on foreign affairs, Dr Morais Guy, said there were reports questioning the validity of the procedure adopted at the "precedent-setting" June 23 meeting related to happenings in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as an agenda item.

The Opposition spokesman said since Jamaica was officially represented and participated at that meeting, he is “calling on the Government to explain fully the stance of the Jamaican delegation at the meeting and to justify Jamaica's vote on the agenda item".

He said the significant role and the contribution made to the stabilisation of Jamaica's economy and that of other regional economies in recent times by Venezuela remains unquestionable.

“That, by itself, is cause enough to call for a full report on the outcome of the meeting,” Dr. Guy said in the release.

The PNP Spokesman on Foreign Affairs is also questioning the validity of the procedure adopted by a hemispheric organisation such as the OAS and the suggestion that it amounted to “unjustified interference” in the internal affairs of a member State cannot remain unanswered by the Government of Jamaica.

He insisted that the air must be quickly and acceptably cleared on an issue such as this, which pertains to one of Jamaica's economic partners of bilateralism.

According to reports, after the call to order, Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodríguez proposed that the agenda be rejected, questioning its legality with regard to the norms of the OAS.

Rodríguez argued that the agenda constituted a form of golpismo against the government of Venezuela within the OAS itself because it inherently fails to recognize the legitimacy of the democratically elected government of Venezuela.

The Agenda presented by Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro substituted the opposition coalition (United Democratic Roundtable – MUD), which has a majority in the Venezuelan National Assembly, as if it were the legitimate agent for an appeal to the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

The agenda thereby uses the OAS as a platform to indict, try, and judge the government of Venezuela. By its attempt to delegitimize the Maduro administration, the agenda also promotes golpismo inside Venezuela.

After a vote of 20 for approving the agenda, 12 against, and two abstentions, Almagro was able to proceed with reading a summary of the 132 page report aimed at justifying his claim that there has been, per article 20 of the Charter, “an unconstitutional alteration of the constitutional regime that seriously impairs the democratic order” in Venezuela.

This allegation addresses one of the requirements for applying the Charter to a member state, which could ultimately lead to the temporary suspension of a member state from the OAS (article 21).

Member states vooting for the approval of the agenda were: Uruguay, Suriname, Perú, Paraguay, Panamá, México, Jamaica, Honduras, Guyana, Guatemala, US, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Canada, Brazil, Belize, Barbados, Bahamas, and Argentina.

Although this particular vote was not about applying the Democratic Charter but for approval of the session’s agenda, it nevertheless altered the configuration of political forces for both the Venezuelan opposition (MUD) and the administration of President Nicolas Maduro.

Last modified onTuesday, 28 June 2016 07:07

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