WASHINGTON – The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold a meeting on Wednesday to address the crisis in Nicaragua and vote on a resolution to condemn the violence in the country, diplomatic sources told EFE on Monday.
The resolution was supported by seven countries – Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and the United States.
Its content was read out by Paula Bertol, permanent representative of Argentina to the OAS, during a Permanent Council meeting on July 13.
As the resolution is still at draft stage, representatives of the member states are now negotiating its final version, which is set to be approved in the vote on Wednesday.
According to the sources, the deadly incidents that occurred during the weekend, including attacks by paramilitary groups on students of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua in Managua, have prompted some member states to harden the proposed resolution.
The current draft includes direct demands for the Nicaraguan government to disband the paramilitary groups which have allegedly been allowed by the National Police to repress demonstrations in several incidents.
The OAS adopted a declaration in June during a General Assembly plenary session, in which the Washington-based organization called for “immediate cessation of acts of violence,” but did not direct the request to the administration of President Daniel Ortega, which humanitarian groups such as Amnesty International say is responsible.