UnitedStates, 13 other nations urged to to resolve Venezuela’s entrenched economic and political problems.
The US and faction of 13 nations across the Americas have called on Venezuela’s administration to hold elections and immediately free political prisoners, setting up a potential diplomatic argument with President Maduro’s.
The head of the Organization of American States (OAS) is pushing to remove Maduro’s administration from the Washington-based group for breaking the country’s democratic order.
Along with the Unites States the other countries include Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico said they see dismissal as a last resort and instead urged dialogue to find a solution to the countries entrenched economic and political issues.
The United States Department yesterday called for Venezuela to conduct the elections “as soon as possible.” Mark Toner, Department spokesman said the United States is not pushing for Venezuela’s dismissal from the OAS, but “calls for the immediate release of political prisoners in Venezuela,” including Leopoldo Lopez.
“President Maduro should allow the democratically elected national assembly to perform its constitutional functions and should hold elections as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said.
Last week, OAS said he wanted regional administrations to suspend the country from the group unless general elections are held soon.
The Secretary General of OAS, Luis Almagro made the appeal in a report of 75-page on Venezuela’s political crisis, in which he accused Maduro’s government of systematically violating human rights and values of democracy enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter, to which the country is a signatory.
Maduro’s administration denied a landslide loss to the opposition in legislative elections in 2015, and then removed a recall operation seeking to force him from office before the 2018 election.
The president was also accused Almagro of doing the bidding of the US government. At the time, foreign ministry of Venezuela said the OAS leader was overstepping his power in an effort to pave the way for an “international intervention” in Venezuela.
Luis Videgaray , Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary said his country and a faction of other nations in the section would advise a plan shortly “to constructively help, in the spirit of respect for the sovereignty and the people of Venezuela, to find the solution and restore first, a dialogue and second, full democracy in the sister nation of Venezuela.”