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Delcy Rodriguez “With or without the OAS we will defend the country and our Democracy”

2016-06-21

The Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Delcy Rodriguez Gomez, took part in the Special Session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) convened by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to present the progress made in the dialogue process between the Government and representatives of the opposition parties, accompanied by Spanish president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.The Chancellor said that the dialogue process currently accompanied by Presidents Leonel Fernandez (Dominican Republic), Martin Torrijos (Panama) and Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (Spain), initiated at the request of President Nicolas Maduro came after the Venezuelan opposition sector promoted through the National Assembly a “self-forgiveness law” to overthrow the legitimate government.

Rodríguez Gómez stressed that President Maduro has insisted on a fraternal and peaceful dialogue, even after the “Exit Plan” in 2014, which caused 43 Venezuelans death, however, the President of the Parliament has insisted on promoting violence to overthrow the constitutional government.

In this regard, the Chief of the Bolivarian Diplomacy Peace said that there is a dangerous trend in that organization: “From its genesis, the OAS has in its nature two forces that confront the State of Hemispheric Law and the imperial pretensions of the main country in the region and its area of influence, and such a contradiction is present in this Permanent Council”.

Rodriguez assured that the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, ignores the legitimate government of President Maduro, “Why this gentleman feels entitled to make a fraudulent report about  Venezuela, without permission from other Member States? Who would think to convene an extraordinary session of the Permanent Council to discuss about Venezuela without the consent of the government?”, asked the chancellor to the plenary of the Extraordinary Council.

She added that the Secretary General of the OAS has worked closely to the Venezuelan opposition, violating all the organization’s rules and hindering dialogue in Venezuela: “Enough with the sabotage of dialogue. With or without OAS, we will defend our country”

“Almagro hinders dialogue in Venezuela calling for an extraordinary meeting, promising sectors of the Venezuelan right that this June 23 they will apply the Democratic Charter to Venezuela”. Given this incongruous call, the Chancellor formally requested the OAS Permanent Council Chairman that this action is inadmissible and violates all procedure rules.

Delcy Rodriguez called for enforcing compliance with the rule of law in Venezuela, and said again that any foreign government can require Venezuela to break it. “We defend the rule of multilateral and international law because it is all that the countries – that do not align ourselves to the main country in this region (…) – have . Venezuela is not being judged by that institution. The people from Venezuela do not get orders from the United States”

She reminded that Luis Almagro works for President Maduro, because he should be working in favour of governments in the region. “Enough of governing for the chamber. Let’s start governing for our region and for our people (…) Peace is the only way and it is the premise that the government of President Nicolas Maduro has”.

The Diplomatic thanked the Members States who on June 1st approved the resolution that supports dialogue in Venezuela with absolute respect for its sovereignty and she also thanked the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) its advocacy of dialogue. She also invited the opposition to attend meetings in pursuit of peace, welfare of people, properly respecting the Constitution.

Let’s recall that last week Venezuela demanded the resignation of Luis Almagro, who was in charge of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), due to the lack of balance and impartiality in the exercise of their functions by acting “as an extreme and undemocratic activist of Venezuela’s opposition”.


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