- Title: Venezuela will not recognize result of OAS meeting - minister
- Date: 20th June 2017
- Summary: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO (JUNE 19, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** RODRIGUEZ ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE ALONG WITH OFFICIALS PEOPLE WALKING INTO ROOM FOR NEWS CONFERENCE RODRIGUEZ TAKING A SEAT AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN FOREIGN MINISTER, DELCY RODRIGUEZ, SAYING: "We do not recognise the meeting. We say it was the relative matter that caused Venezuela to withdraw from this organisation. We do not recognise the meeting, nor the results of this meeting. However, we celebrate that Peru's delegation immediately withdrew the declaration in the group of 15 just before the start." RODRIGUEZ LISTENING TO QUESTION FOR REPORTER (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN FOREIGN MINISTER, DELCY RODRIGUEZ, SAYING: "For the first time in the history of the organisation, since it was found in 1948 has there been the withdrawal of a country. But it is not just one country, we know of other countries who will now begin to consider their withdrawal as a result of the deep deviations that continue in this organisation." MEDIA AROUND RODRIGUEZ AS SHE LEAVES NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 4th July 2017 00:07
- Keywords: Nicolas Maduro Delcy Rodriguez Organization of American States
- Location: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
- City: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0036LY45S7
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- Story Text: Venezuela will not recognise any resolution made at a meeting of the Organisation of American States, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez told reporters on Monday (June 19).
Mexico, the United States and other countries are pushing the OAS to adopt a resolution on Venezuela that defends representative democracy.
Critics accuse Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of leading the OPEC member towards dictatorship by delaying elections, jailing opposition activists and pressing to overhaul the constitution.
But during the meeting of foreign ministers in Cancun, Rodriguez accused the group of intervening in Venezuela with President Donald Trump's backing.
Mexico, along with the United States and others, has been pushing for a tough resolution for months but has not won enough support, with many small countries grateful to Venezuela for soft oil loans.
Rodriguez also thanked Peru for withdrawing the motion against the OPEC nation.
Venezuela's socialists have long enjoyed the support of left-leaning governments in Latin America loathe to back measures they see as meddling in a sovereign country by an organization they consider an arm of U.S. foreign policy.
And many Caribbean nations have been allies of Venezuela since late President Hugo Chavez created the PetroCaribe program in 2005 to help neighbours cope with energy costs, letting them finance 60 percent of purchases.
However, countries such as Argentina and Brazil have elected right-of-center governments in the past few years, while the humanitarian situation has tested the loyalty of Venezuela's Caribbean allies.
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