The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) published a statement on Monday where it supports the National Salvation Agreement presented by the President in Charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, for the rescue of Venezuela.
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The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS – OAS) supports the initiative of the President (in charge) of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, to reach a National Salvation Agreement that allows the re-democratization and re-institutionalization of the country.
The country’s situation requires it. Venezuela is mired in the worst humanitarian crisis in hemispheric history, as well as the worst migration and corruption crisis in hemispheric history. Systematic human rights violations, drug trafficking and organized crime have completely devastated the country. Likewise, with the events in Apure, the lack of territorial control of the Maduro-Rodríguez dictatorship has become even more evident and also the way it has ceded territories to irregular groups and criminal gangs. All this in the midst of an atrocious ecocide in the mining arc.
For this reason, the GS – OAS welcomes the initiative of the Interim Government and we hope that it can achieve the results that the Venezuelan people long for, mainly freedom and prosperity to leave behind the social, economic and political crisis that they are currently experiencing.
The main elements that threaten the Maduro-Rodríguez dictatorship continue to be those that the GS – OAS contributed to promote substantially and essentially, such as the reporting of crimes against humanity committed by the dictators and their officials, as well as the sanctions against them. Several times multiple ‘negotiating groups’ have attempted to negotiate away the pressure measures propounded by the GS – OAS and imposed on these dictators. These groups have been created, obviously in an inadequate way, and have been, in the best of cases, mocked in their good faith actions by the regime. We must recognize that, in some cases, ‘negotiation’ has been confused with ‘appeasement’.
Unfortunately, the influence in these negotiations of some collaborationist actors of the dictatorship, internal and external, have also contributed negatively.
The steps taken by the President-in-Charge must be recognized and supported by the international community. We hope that it will give Venezuela the re-democratization that it longs for and that is so necessary to rebuild the country.