On Sunday, Fredy Bernal, leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), pointed out that people have to reflect about whether it is good for the country to stay in the so-called ‘Ministry of Colonies’.
That forum has nothing regional and 80 percent of its funds come from the United States. The secretary-general is a U.S. employee, OAS is not giving us any benefits, nationally or internationally, Bernal noted. Considering those elements, ‘let us propose a debate to President Maduro: Let us get out of OAS. If OAS is the instrument to overthrow a constitutional government, let us get out of OAS,’ the politician added.
We are accused of violating Articles 3 and 4 of the Democratic Charter, which establish the guarantee of elections and respect for social and press rights, respectively, he stated.
However, it turns out ‘that we have held 21 elections in this country with participation of international observers (…) In addition, I wonder. If this is not a democratic country, why are we in a process to validate the political parties?
For his part, the Venezuelan political analyst and academic Sergio Rodriguez Gelfenstein said in an article published by Agencia Venezolana de Noticias that the root problem is not what OAS will do today or tomorrow with this or any other secretary-general, who will finally have to do what the United States says if he wants to remain in office.
A few years ago, when most Latin America and the Caribbean had governments that were independent from Washington, the northern power bet, as traditionally, on coercion and imposition to uphold an organization that was fainting and withering, he pointed out.
It acted based on its foreign policy principles: pressure, imposition, threats, intimidation and coercion, and when all that fails, violence, invasion, the assassination of leaders and the promotion of military or civilian coup d’états. That is the recipe, Rodriguez noted.
He explained that the Latin American leaders lacked the capacity or did not want to sign the death certificate of OAS and the beast is back on track with a secretary-general that, according to his life and opportunistic and reactionary history, has sold his soul to the devil.
However, the Venezuelan expert said that the real root problem, the true question is what are we still doing in OAS?
A country that claims to be Bolivarian and that even calls itself Bolivarian Republic should not belong to OAS on principle, Rodriguez stressed.