- Title: OAS officials barred from entering Venezuela - Maduro
- Date: 22nd June 2017
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (JUNE 22, 2017) (REUTERS) PRESIDENT, NICOLAS MADURO, ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE VARIOUS OF MADURO GREETING GUESTS MADURO STANDING BEFORE JOURNALISTS AT START OF NEWS CONFERENCE CLOSE-UP OF MADURO PREPARING TO SPEAK MADURO SITTING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT, NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING: "The attack on Venezuela must end. Venezuela will not recognize in any way anything that comes out of the Organisation of American States. If one day, they try come arrive through the path of mounting pressure, Washington's obsession and the criminal lobbying, the route of threats, to produce a resolution, we would rebel and confront them in every way. The OAS will not enter Venezuela ever again. No one from the OAS will ever enter this country again." MADURO WRITING CLOSE-UP OF MADURO WRITING MADURO DRINKING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT, NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING: "In my view, the extremism into which the Public Ministry has fallen is a vulgarity, I see it as vulgarity and call on Luisa Ortega - who seems to me to be very nervous and desperate - to restore balance. Venezuela needs a prosecutor who carries out justice and restores balance. Venezuela needs to investigate, capture and try all those who have burnt people alive." MADURO STANDING IN FRONT OF PORTRAIT OF INDEPENDENCE LEADER SIMON BOLIVAR CLOSE-UP OF MADURO ON TELEPHONE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT, NICOLAS MADURO, SAYING: "President Donald Trump, try to have some rationality in the crazy things that your people promote against Venezuela. What the opposition has done is to trick you, letÂ´s talk seriously, and where we have our differences, we have differences, but there are many points in common, including in your administration, Donald Trump, in terms of overcoming dark times. May you, President Donald Trump, not be remembered as another failure, like George Bush and Barack Obama failed." MADURO STANDING AT END OF CONFERENCE VARIOUS OF MADURO WAVING AND LEAVING
- Embargoed: 6th July 2017 22:46
- Keywords: OAS Organisation of American States Venezuela Nicolas Maduro
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016MD2BLZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday (June 22) he would reject any resolution called by the Organisation of American States and bar its officials from entering the country, after the regional bloc tried but failed to issue a formal declaration condemning his government.
Speaking at a news conference in Caracas, Maduro said Venezuela would rebel in every way if the OAS fell into what he called "Washington's obsession and the criminal lobbying" against the country.
The OAS failed to produce the formal declaration at a meeting on Wednesday condemning the government for its handling of the political and economic crisis in the South American country, despite a last-minute push by Mexico and the United States.
But member nations, including Mexico, committed to keep pressing the issue until the crisis, in which at least 75 people have been killed in more than two months of protests, is peacefully resolved.
Maduro also called on Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega to "restore balance" following her attempts to block the government's plans for July 30 elections to a new super-body which will rewrite the constitution and override the opposition-led National Assembly.
The Supreme Court on Monday accepted a request by a ruling Socialist Party lawmaker to begin the process of taking her to trial for committing "serious offences." Before any trial could take place, the Supreme Court would first have to hold a preliminary hearing to determine whether a trial is warranted.
Maduro further extended a call to U.S. President Donald Trump, telling him not to believe the opposition's trickery in order not to fail like his predecessors.
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