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US, Panama reject OAS declaration on Venezuela
Published on March 10, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

OAS Permanent Council in session. OAS file photo

By Caribbean News Now contributor

WASHINGTON, USA -- At a special meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) Permanent Council on Friday, the United States and Panama both rejected the wording of an approved declaration on the situation in Venezuela.

The full text of the declaration issued by the OAS Permanent Council on Friday was as follows:

Solidarity and support for democratic institutions, dialogue, and peace in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

In relation to the recent events in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Permanent Council hereby declares:

Its condolences to and solidarity with the victims and their family members, the people, and the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and its hope that the investigations can be brought to a swift and just conclusion.

Its respect for the principle of nonintervention in the domestic affairs of states and its commitment to the protection of democratic institutions and the rule of law, in accordance with the OAS Charter and international law.

Its emphatic rejection of all forms of violence and intolerance, while calling on all sectors for peace, calm, and respect for human rights and fundamental liberties, including the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, freedom of movement, health, and education.

Its appreciation, full support, and encouragement for the initiatives and the efforts of the democratically-elected Government of Venezuela and all political, economic, and social sectors to continue to move forward with the process of national dialogue towards political and social reconciliation, in the framework of full respect by all democratic actors for the constitutional guarantees of all.

Its interest to remain seized of the situation and dialogue under way in Venezuela.

Panama entered its reservations to the declaration on the grounds that:

i. It does not agree with the inclusion of the word “solidarity” in the title of the declaration, because the point is to lend support to dialogue, peace, and democracy.

ii. Moreover, it considers that support and encouragement of the initiatives and efforts of the democratically elected government of Venezuela can be construed as partiality toward the government, vis-à-vis the other social actors. The reference to their continuing to move forward in the national dialogue process could be construed in the sense that we only support the current dialogue.

iii. With reference to the last paragraph, Panama considers that the OAS must take a more dynamic approach and keep track of the situation and the dialogue in Venezuela and not just declare its interest in staying abreast of the national dialogue already under way.

While the United States said it supported the call for peaceful resolution of the situation in Venezuela based on an authentically inclusive dialogue, the US “cannot support this declaration because … it does not adequately reflect this Organization's commitment to promoting democracy and human rights in the hemisphere.”

Furthermore, the US said, the declaration places the OAS in a position of taking sides, something it cannot do.

Specifically, according to the US, paragraph 2 suggested, incorrectly, that an alleged need to maintain order and respect the principle of non-interference takes priority over the commitments of all OAS member states to promote and protect human rights and democracy. The declaration contradicted Article two of the OAS Charter and the principles enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

“While paragraph 4 mentions dialogue, it lacks a key element to resolve Venezuela’s problems. To succeed, it must be a genuine dialogue encompassing all parties. The declaration only offers one-sided support to a government-sponsored dialogue which has been rejected by important sectors of the opposition,” the US said.

The US said it believes genuine dialogue will require the participation of a third party all sides can trust. It will also require an end to attempts to suppress free speech and a release of political prisoners. Unfortunately, the declaration does not sufficiently advance these goals. The OAS cannot sanction a dialogue in which much of the opposition has no voice and no faith. Only Venezuelans can find the solutions to Venezuela’s problems, but the situation in Venezuela today makes it imperative that a trusted third party facilitate the conversation as Venezuelans search for those solutions.

“Finally and most importantly, the United States cannot agree to the declaration's call for ‘full OAS support’ to a dialogue process orchestrated by only one actor. The OAS has a responsibility to remain neutral; it cannot take sides,” the US concluded.
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Peter Binose:

The Marxists didn't get their own way on this matter, what a relief that someone is putting the brakes on them.

The Marxists from SVG and other countries are like a creeping cancer, they are gradually applying the rot from what is now a central position for them.


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