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Facing Sanctions at OAS, Venezuelan Regime Suggests Leaving Regional Body

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Mar 10, 2017, 1:47 pm
Roy Chaderton, a top Venezuelan diplomat, has discussed the possibility of Venezuela leaving the OAS (
Roy Chaderton, a top Venezuelan diplomat, has discussed the possibility of Venezuela leaving the OAS (FMCenter).

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The regime of Nicolás Maduro has not ruled out the possibility of withdrawing Venezuela from the Organization of American States (OAS) due to the possible activation of the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

Former Venezuelan ambassador to the OAS, Roy Chaderton, said that Venezuela “can jump the fence.”

“In any case, life without the OAS is possible and the implementation of the charter is not so simple because the effect that is sought is political; it is like telling the United States’ have the green light to invade Venezuela because of the current political environment ‘… We are surrounded, but what happens is that we can jump, we can jump the fence because we are a country that is not isolated, we are linked to the rest of the world.”

Chaderton accused the United States of promoting the activation of the inter-American mechanism.

“If they come to apply it [the Democratic Charter], I have doubts about their ability to do so. It will be a battle that is going to be fought, they need two thirds, and they will have to live with the shame of doing so,” he said.

In recent days the OAS has come under increased pressure from political leaders and international organizations that have asked the OAS to apply the Democratic Charter to the government of Venezuela, after the dialogue between the regime and the opposition of that country failed.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the OAS Thursday to implement the Democratic Charter in the face of the grave crisis that afflicts that country. Likewise on March 1, the US Senate urged Donald Trump to support invoking the mechanism.

The president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, also recently spoke in favor of the OAS initiating the activation of the Charter.

“What has to be achieved is an urgent, internationally supervised democratic process, because the situation is dramatic. The OAS has our support; we hope to send a message to the Venezuelan government, and that involves invoking the Democratic Charter,” he said.

On February 27, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, received a request to activate the Inter-American Democratic Charter from more than a dozen Venezuelan NGOs.

Source: El Estimulo, RunRun

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

FARC Commander Admits Guerrilla Members Are Leaving Demobilization Zones for Unknown Destinations

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Mar 10, 2017, 1:12 pm
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EspañolFARC guerrilla members are now reportedly abandoning demilitarized areas established during peace talks with the Colombian government. Demilitarized zones laid out by the government during peace talks are now seeing FARC members walk off to unknown destinations, according to guerrilla member Olga Marín, who is a member of the Tripartite Mechanism for Verification. He discussed the issue on his radio program "The Hour of Truth," claiming that guerrillas are abandoning areas where members are supposed to surrender their weapons. Read More: US vs. Russia: Trump the Pragmatist vs. Clinton the Warmonger Read More: Trump and Putin Status: “In a Relationship” According to Santiago Castro, a member of the radio program, former Minister Fernando Londoño sent emails to him and other officials involved in the peace talks asking them about rumors of armed clashes among FARC members. Twenty minutes after the email was sent, he responded: "No one knows where the people who leave are going," referring to what could be FARC dissidents, members who prefer to stay off the grid due to their links to drug trafficking and illegal mining that fund guerrilla operations. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Since the beginning of the peace talks, several guerrillas have said they intend to stay out of peace talks with the government, preferring instead to continue fighting against the country's political system. Colombia's armed forces reportedly discovered a FARC camp in the southwest department of Guaviare led by Ivan Mordisco in possession of weapons, explosives, drug trafficking route plans and even a classroom for teaching their ideology. Source: La F.M

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