Panamanians call for resignation of their ambassador to the OAS
Former Panamanian Foreign Minister Jorge Eduardo Ritter said that the Panamanian ambassador to the Organization of American States acted as a representative of the Venezuelan opposition at the session of the OAS on Wednesday, and urged him "to file his resignation on the basis of dignity and, most of all, ethical sense"
During the meeting at the OAS, Cochez remarked that OAS' Secretary General hastily endorsed the situation facing Venezuela, EFE reported.
In no time, the Panamanian Government condemned the statements issued by Cochez, who additionally requested the OAS not to ignore the "potential violation" of the Venezuelan Constitution amid the political situation of the country.
Former Panamanian Foreign Minister Jorge Eduardo Ritter said on Thursday that Cochez had acted as if he were a representative of the Venezuelan opposition. Ritter also praised the prompt action of Panamanian Foreign Minister Rómulo Roux in confirming the stance of Panama with respect to the Venezuelan situation.
The former minister also called for the resignation of Cochez "on the basis of dignity and, most of all, ethical sense."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Let us start by looking at what appears to be a discrepancy in figures. According to official statistics, the number of Venezuelans contracting HIV/AIDS every year amounts to 11,699; and as per Ministry of Health figures 43,805 people receive free antiretroviral medications. But Jhonatan Rodríguez, the president of ONG StopVIH, claims that these figures date back to March 2012, and that they are quoted as current figures.