- Title: OAS nations make last ditch effort to condemn Venezuela
- Date: 21st June 2017
- Summary: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO (JUNE 21, 2017) (REUTERS) GENERAL VIEW OF CHILE'S FOREIGN MINISTER HERALDO MUNOZ DURING NEWS CONFERENCE MEDIA AT NEWS CONFERENCE REPORTERS SEATED AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CHILE FOREIGN MINISTER HERALDO MUNOZ, SAYING: "Chile will continue to promote its willingness for the creation of a group or any other mechanism that could work for at least a minimal agreement on Venezuela. Hopefully it would be sooner rather than later because as time passes and with the concerns over what is happening." MUNOZ DURING NEWS CONFERENCE MUNOZ GETTING UP AND LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 5th July 2017 22:40
- Keywords: Organization of American States Delcy Rodriguez Nicolas Maduro
- Location: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
- City: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026M83V47
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- Story Text: Governments from across the Americas made a last-minute push on Wednesday (June 21) for a declaration on Venezuela's socialist leadership for its handling of a political and economic crisis.
The United States, Brazil and 10 other members of the 34-nation Organisation of American States (OAS) earlier in the week issued a letter accusing Venezuela of undermining democracy, failing to feed its people and violating rights.
It called for the release of political prisoners, respect for rights, an election timetable, a "humanitarian channel" to ship food and medicine, and the creation of a group or mechanism to help "effective dialogue among Venezuelans."
But the resolution failed to get up. 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.
Earlier in the week, criticism of her government prompted Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez to call OAS critics "lapdogs of imperialism".
In the final hours of the assembly, some of the meeting's participants remained optimistic they could reach a resolution and that Venezuela could avoid spiralling further into violence.
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