- Title: Venezuela will not recognize result of OAS meeting - minister
- Date: 20th June 2017
- Summary: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO (JUNE 19, 2017) (REUTERS) GENERAL VIEW OF STAGE AREA OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING MEXICAN FOREIGN MINISTER LUIS VIDEGARAY AMONG DELEGATES OFFICIALS AT MEETING VENEZUELAN FOREIGN MINISTER DELCY RODRIGUEZ SITTING SEATED AT ROUNDTABLE FOR MEETING OAS SECREATARY GENERAL LUIS ALMAGRO (CENTRE) SEATED FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY REPRESENTATIVES FROM MEMBER STATES SEATED AT ROUND TABLE
- 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: LVA0016LY45S7
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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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