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OAS Permanent Council to address Venezuelan crisis on Thursday

Panama 's Ambassador to the OAS, Arturo Vallarino, said Venezuelan authorities "do not support any action by international bodies" regarding the Venezuelan crisis. "We believe that we are exercising our right as a Member State of the OAS," he remarked

EL UNIVERSAL
Wednesday March 05, 2014  10:26 AM
The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) will meet on Thursday in Washington to discuss the crisis in Venezuela, announced on Wednesday the ambassador of Panama to the OAS, Arturo Vallarino.

The diplomat said by telephone from Washington to Panamanian television channel Canal 2 TVN that "the notice was circulated last night (Tuesday) for the Permanent Council to meet here in Washington in order to assess the situation in Venezuela."

Vallarino said that the Permanent Council may decide to "summon the foreign ministers, send an observer mission to render a report or a decision can be made to issue a strong resolution regarding the issue, calling for dialogue or for a mechanism that may guarantee the dialogue that supposedly has begun in Venezuela."

The Panamanian ambassador added that "Venezuela managed to delay this meeting for more than a week, but fortunately the meeting has been convened. We believe that this should not affect the relations between the two countries." He remarked that Panama's initiative was "not interference in the internal affairs" of Venezuela.

"We consider it our duty to make the call in order to assess in particular the allegations of human rights violations in Venezuela," he argued.

Vallarino conceded that Venezuelan authorities "do not support any action by international bodies" regarding the Venezuelan crisis. "We believe that we are exercising our right as a Member State of the OAS," he remarked.
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