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OAS is closely monitoring political developments in Venezuela

Venezuelan Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) said that Venezuela's opposition coalition may not participate in a meeting of the body's Permanent Council

OAS's Secretary General received letter from Venezuela's opposition alliance Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) asking for a meeting at the organization (Photo: EFE)
REYES THEIS |  EL UNIVERSAL
Wednesday January 16, 2013  11:03 AM
In a letter addressed to the representative of Venezuela's opposition alliance Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) in Washington, the Organization of American States' Chief of Staff of the Secretary General, Hugo de Zela, assured that the General Secretariat "is closely watching the development of political events in Venezuela."

On Monday, Zela received a letter from the MUD, which reported on the irregular political situation facing Venezuela. In his reply, Zela guaranteed that the Inter-American Democratic Charter is the base of any assessments made by the body. Further, he remarked that the OAS remains permanently available to listen to the claims of the Venezuelan opposition coalition.

In the letter addressed to Insulza, the MUD urged the OAS "to convene promptly a meeting at the OAS Permanent Council" and asked to take the floor at the council to provide information that may help Member States to be fully aware of the situation of the country.

OAS's Secretary General José Miguel Insulza said last week that the organization fully respects the decisions made by the Venezuelan constitutional branches of Government concerning the inauguration of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's.

He added that "if a country is willing to address this or any other issue at the OAS, it may be done at the Permanent Council." Insulza pointed out that the OAS participates whenever there is an institutional crisis among the branches of Government, yet this is not the case.

For his part, Venezuela's Ambassador to the OAS Roy Chaderton noted that the OAS comprises States only, and therefore, the opposition's move to convene a meeting with the Permanent Council is unrealistic. 

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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