Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez announced that her country will today begin the process of withdrawing from the Organization of American States (OAS), at the orders of President Nicolás Maduro. “Tomorrow [for today] we will present a letter of complaint to the OAS and we will begin a process that will take 24 months,” announced Rodríguez in a televised statement.
“From now on, Venezuela will not partake in any activity or any event that attempts to promote interventionism,” she added.
After almost a year of debating and four sessions about the severe social, political and economic crisis Venezuela is going through in the last month only, representatives of 19 out of the organization’s 35 countries decided to elevate the discussion to its most important body, the Permanent Council.
Several representatives from member states, as well as the organization’s Secretary General, Luis Almagro, have continuously condemned the Maduro administration for its role in the country’s crisis.
The criticism intensified last month, following the government’s decision — which they later retracted — to suppress the country’s legislative body, the National Assembly, and the Venezuelan armed forces’ repression of political protests carried out by members of the opposition in the last days. Almost 30 people have died during the past month as a result of the violence reigning in the streets.
During another passage of her address, Rodríguez made reference to the administration’s detractors and made special emphasis in her dislike of Argentine President Mauricio Macri, praising the previous Kirchner administration at the same time.
“I wonder what this organization has to say about the Argentine government, which has a president who is a businessman serving Washington. Today, his representative [Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra] was in the OAS’s meeting in the Permanent Council trying to take an offer to their imperial master, what a shameful role,” she said.
Rodríguez went on to draw what she perceives as a contrast between what the representatives of the Macri administration think is happening in the country and “what’s going on with the Argentine people, who is taking the streets to defend the rights they had recovered with the Kirchner’s nationalist and progressive government.”
The Venezuelan representative then went back to broadening the scope of her despair that the 19 countries whose foreign ministers had agreed to discuss Venezuela’s situation in the organization’s Permanent Council: “history will judge, in a ruthless way, we have no doubt about that, and will strongly condemn the servile sellouts who today work for the interests of the United States,” she concluded.
It’s expected presidents Macri and Trump will discuss possible courses of action for the Venezuelan crisis in the bilateral meeting they will hold today in Washington.