Venezuela Denounces U.S. Attacks on Multilateralism at OAS

Washington, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said today the United States is attacking the multilateralism of the Organization of American States (OAS) and rejected the inclusion of an issue on his country in the General Assembly of the institution.

Our nation considers item 23, on the situation in Venezuela, was not approved through the correct procedures, nor does it agree with its inclusion, the head of diplomacy indicated at the opening of the 48th Regular Session of that meeting.

From the OAS headquarters in Washington DC, Arreaza denounced the purpose seems to be to try to make Venezuela the central theme of the meeting.

This is a multilateral organization, although it has its characteristics and has been dominated by unilateralism, although at the moment multilateralism is under attack and has been under permanent attack, especially by the United States Government, the foreign minister added.

According to Arreaza, the protest of Caracas is not against the agenda, but against that particular paragraph, because it was introduced ‘without it having been done correctly and without the State to which it belongs being aware and in agreement’.

Venezuela is on its way out, he reminded on the decision announced in 2017 by the Latin American territory to leave the organization, a process which will not be concluded until 2019.

In this regard, the minister that they are present at the General Assembly which will end tomorrow in compliance with the obligations of the organization’s charter, which obliges them to participate until April of next year.

Venezuelan minister added the paragraph on his nation was spuriously approved at the preparatory meeting for this session and noted Caracas’ objection and protest against this point.

Arreaza’s statements came after local and regional media echoed a report that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will call on OAS members tonight to suspend Venezuela from the organization.

Such a position is consistent with the one shown by the administration of Donald Trump and by Pence himself, who was in charge of representing his country last April during the Summit of the Americas held in Lima, Peru.

During that meeting, the vice president celebrated the various restrictions approved by Washington against 50 former and current Venezuelan officials, including President Nicolas Maduro.

The United States is ready to do much more, then said Pence, who added that he was grateful to the governments which are working to isolate Caracas through diplomatic and economic means.

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