CARACAS, Wednesday February 26, 2014 | Update

OAS puts off meeting of the Permanent Council about Venezuela

Venezuelan Ambassador to the Organization of American States Roy Chaderton sent a letter to the OAS secretary General to suspend the meeting on grounds that it is up to Venezuela to convene such a meeting in the absence of the chair of the Permanent Council

Wednesday February 26, 2014  03:54 PM
A meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), convened to evaluate the possibility of gathering ambassadors to delve into the crisis in Venezuela, has been postponed after pressure from the Venezuelan Government, said Carlos Ponce, coordinator for the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (Redlad).

In a letter sent by Venezuelan ambassador Roy Chaderton to OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, the diplomat explained that the notification of the Permanent Council issued upon request of Panama, was made at a moment where Dominican Ambassador and chair of the council, Pedro Vergés Cimán, was not at the OAS premises as previously announced.

Chaderton stated that under Article 6 of the Rules of Procedures of the Permanent Council, "In the event of the temporary absence or impediment of the chair, the vice chair shall serve as chair; and in the event of the absence or impediment of both, the principal representative with the greatest seniority shall preside."

Under these circumstances, Chaderton said that any notification must be made by the vice-chair of the Permanent Council, currently held by Venezuela.

In this regard, the Venezuelan diplomat instructed to "dismiss the notification of the special meeting of the Permanent Council, scheduled for February 27 at 9:30 a.m."

Translated by Jhean Cabrera