WASHINGTON – The 48th regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) will come to an end on Tuesday with a debate on whether to adopt a “Declaration of Support for the People of Nicaragua” as well as a resolution suspending Venezuela, which has already begun the process of withdrawing from the hemispheric body.
An OAS committee has started to analyze the technical aspects of the two resolutions that will be put to a vote before the General Assembly.
The resolution on Venezuela is the most significant, as it includes a proposal to suspend the Caribbean nation from the OAS, although this would require the support of 24 countries, that is, two-thirds of the General Assembly.
Diplomatic sources told EFE that the countries that launched the proposal to suspend Venezuela have 18 votes.
The resolution on Venezuela was proposed by the United States and the 14 countries that make up the Lima Group, which includes Canada and the right-wing governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
Venezuela had already requested to pull out from the OAS in April 2017, although this withdrawal will not become effective until 2019.
The other resolution that will be put to a vote is the “Declaration of Support for the People of Nicaragua,” after violent anti-government protests in that country have left more than 100 people dead since April.
The declaration calls for an “immediate cessation of acts of violence” and urges the Nicaraguan government and other social actors “to demonstrate commitment and engage constructively in peaceful negotiation with clear outcomes.”