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OAS agrees on declaration calling for peace and an end to violence in Venezuela

Saturday, March 8th 2014 - 05:54 UTC
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Venezuelan ambassador Roy Chaderton described it as 'a great victory for Latin America' Venezuelan ambassador Roy Chaderton described it as 'a great victory for Latin America'
US representative Carmen Lomellin said the statement has good pieces but does not go far enough US representative Carmen Lomellin said the statement has good pieces but does not go far enough

The Organization of American States (OAS) Permanent Council approved late Friday night after a whole day of discussions and by an ample majority, a statement in support of peace and an end to violence in Venezuela, where street protests and clashes have left at least 22 dead and hundreds injured and arrested.

 “The Permanent Council has just approved by 29 votes to 3, a declaration of solidarity with peace, dialogue and democracy in Venezuela”, said Venezuelan ambassador before OAS, Roy Chaderton. “This is a great victory for Latin America”, he added.

The five-point declaration proposed by Bolivia was supported with the votes from Venezuela, and other ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas) allies, while the US, Canada and Panama, were not completely satisfied. Grenada and Bahamas were not present during the vote.

Apparently the objections impeding a consensus statement were focused on the terminology calling for 'dialogue' in Venezuela, since there are dozens of claims of human rights abuses by the anti-riot National Guard forces and a more explicit support for democratic practices.

The fifteen hour session of Friday was behind closed doors.

The declaration “encourages” all sides in Venezuela “to continue advancing” in the dialogue process opened by the government of President Nicolas Maduro in the so called 'peace conferences', but which the opposition alliance has conditioned, demanding a release of all those protestors arrested and the withdrawal of anti riot forces and the disbanding of the 'colectivos' or armed gangs usually in motorbikes that open fire indiscriminately against demonstrations in the streets.

“It is not balanced...I expected a greater neutrality from OAS” said the Panamanian ambassador Arturo Vallarino.

“The declaration has good pieces but we believe it didn't go far enough” regarding dialogue conditions, said US representative Carmen Lomellin. The ambassador added that the document calls for solidarity with the Venezuelan people, sorrow for the victims and rejection of all forms of violence, 'plus requesting the Council to keep track of the dialogue, but does not specify how it will be achieved'.

The final statement was reached after two days of debate, which started on Thursday and took most of Friday.

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  • Briton

    Well good luck on that statement boys,
    but you are abt to find out just how much influence you really have,
    Nothing ..lol

    Mar 08th, 2014 - 07:02 pm 0
  • ilsen

    Useless. Utterly butterly useless.

    Waste of time and money.

    A pointless talking shop.

    Mar 08th, 2014 - 07:38 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    The declaration “encourages” all sides in Venezuela “to continue advancing”.....
    Yeh, I can just see it.....the protesters advancing from one side, and the MADuro goons and police force from the others. The bus driver should be tried, hanged and quartered.

    Mar 08th, 2014 - 10:39 pm 0
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