'You want war?' Venezuela spars with rivals at OAS meeting

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 21, 2017

"There has been a lot of talk of a humanitarian crisis.it is another pretext to try to bring about an intervention in Venezuela", Rodriguez said at the start of talks aimed at approving a resolution on the problems in Venezuela.

CANCUN, Mexico Foreign ministers from across the Americas failed to reach an agreement on Monday on a resolution criticizing Venezuela's government, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Morales said on Monday.

The outburst came as US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan tried to rally support for an OAS resolution to send regional mediators to Venezuela, where running street battles at anti-government protests have left 74 people dead since April.

In any case, the consultation meeting that was meant to decide on the situation in the South American nation had to be suspended due to a lack of consensus on the two proposals submitted, one by the United States and Mexico and the other by Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

"Not only do we not recognize this meeting, we do not recognize any resolution coming out of it", Rodriguez said.

On Monday, another teenager was shot and killed by police during an anti-government protest in Caracas, while six others sustained injuries.

Almost 70 people have died, hundreds more have been injured and thousands have been detained in months of protests in the South American nation.

In a rare rebuke of security forces that Maduro has been relying on to crush the protests, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol blamed excessive force by national guardsmen for the shootings, saying that troops who fired into the crowd would be held accountable.

Mexico and Peru have led the push with the United States for a resolution that defends representative democracy in Venezuela, where President Nicolas Maduro is accused of leading the OPEC member toward dictatorship by delaying elections, jailing opposition activists and pressing to overhaul the constitution.

Alluding to Venezuela's withdrawal process from the OAS, Rodriguez said that Venezuela would never again seek membership in an organization subverted by the hegemonic power of the United States. Eight countries, including Venezuela, abstained, causing it to fall short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass.

Protesters want elections to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power.

Dampening expectations of a breakthrough, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chose to skip the gathering. Maduyro has accused his opponents of sabotaging the country through an "economic war".

Rodriguez said "Venezuela is leaving very satisfied, Venezuela is leaving victorious", but later added "I'm staying here".

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