- Title: Venezuela's FM returns to OAS meeting after resolution fails
- Date: 20th June 2017
- Summary: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO (JUNE 20, 2017) (REUTERS) GENERAL VIEW OF PEOPLE ENTERING ROOM FOR START OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY OAS SECRETARY GENERAL LUIS ALMAGRO (RIGHT) SITTING AT TABLE DELEGATE TALKING ABOUT DEMOCRACY ON OAS CHARTER VENEZUELAN FOREIGN MINISTER DELCY RODRIGUEZ (CENTRE - WEARING RED) WITH OFFICIAL AT START OF MEETING GENERAL VIEW OF MEETING RODRIGUEZ WALKING WITH OFFICIALS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN FOREIGN MINISTER DELCY RODRIGUEZ, SAYING: "The problem is that the agenda is one of intervention against Venezuela. It is an agenda that criminalises the social politics in Venezuela. Why do they attack Venezuela? Because of its inclusive human rights. They attack Venezuela because when we look at the socio-economic statistics and compare it with those countries who are trying to intervene (in Venezuela) it is really immoral what is trying to be done against the country. We have come here with our people and we will inform many of our human rights."
- Embargoed: 4th July 2017 17:57
- Keywords: Mexico OAS General Assembly Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez crisis resolution vote
- Location: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
- City: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016M338EF
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- Story Text: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez returned to the Organisation of American States' General Assembly in Cancun on Tuesday (June 20), after she walked out of the meeting during debate on the unfolding crisis in the OPEC nation.
On Monday (June 19), foreign ministers from across the Americas failed to reach an agreement at a meeting regarding a resolution criticising the government of Venezuela.
Previously Rodriguez said Caracas would not recognise any resolution adopted in the meeting on Venezuela.
Mexico, the United States and other countries had been lobbying OAS member states to adopt a watered-down Venezuela resolution after seeing resistance from some of the socialist oil exporter's allies.
Twenty states voted to pass a draft, but 23 votes in favour were needed to approve the statement. Eight countries abstained from voting while five rejected the draft.
On day two of the General Assembly, officials will focus on wider regional issues affecting the region such as human rights and corruption.
The OAS General Assembly in Cancun winds up on June 21.
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