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Attempts to expel Venezuela from the OAS are laughable since the nation initiated its departure in 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 00:00

Attempts to expel Venezuela from the OAS are laughable since the nation initiated its departure in 2017

The Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, assured that his country will continue resisting the criminal persecution led by the United States government against the Venezuelan people. He made the remarks during a press conference with international media following the end of the first plenary session of the 48th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington.

“It has been nearly 20 years of aggressions by the U.S. against Venezuela, and the OAS has been a forum par excellence for these aggressions. We have reached the moment for us to withdraw. These attempts at expulsion, at suspension, are ridiculous. How can we be suspended from a place from which we have been withdrawn? We believe in CELAC [the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States], in Bolivarian integration that arose from the Panama Congress, which if Pan-Americanism took that as a source, what it did was distort it,” the Minister declared.

In that regard, Arreaza highlighted that the decision to leave the OAS corresponds to the fact that a majority of its member states violate its norms. As such, the Bolivarian government has continued defending the sovereignty of its people and democracy in every organization.

“President Nicolás Maduro has been making great efforts towards peace and reconciliation in Venezuela. You saw how the country was burning a year ago, with an opposition that, instead of taking the path of democracy, opted for the path of violence, destruction and death… and the President is today urging the judicial branch to offer clemency to Venezuelans implicated [in that violence], in order to bring peace and reconciliation,” the Foreign Minister added.

He further noted that the measures of interference and coercion led by the Trump administration seek to destabilize the Venezuelan people.

“Despite the blockade, the people went out to vote in peace and elected their president on May 20, and in that manner we will go to a process of national dialogue with the grassroots and political actors for a national rapprochement and reconciliation,” the diplomat noted.

 

Source: MPPRE

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 19:06
 

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