Ambassador for the Organization of American States (OAS), Luiz Coimbra was on The Morning Show today speaking on the work done by the regional organization, its office in the Adjacency Zone and the relations between Belize and Guatemala. An important issue that Ambassador Coimbra also spoke on the OAS’ position regarding Venezuela and Nicaragua.
Luiz Coimbra, Ambassador for the Organization of American States (OAS): “The OAS signed in September 11, 2001 the democratic charter. All the countries of the Americas agreed that in order to be part of the OAS, in order to be part of the inter American system you have to be a democracy. You have to have some standards to be recognized as a democracy. Free elections, free opposition, space for organizing, I mean every issue that’s related to the building of a democratic country. In fact most of the countries of the OAS voted and the Secretary General agreed with this position that Venezuela is going through really hard times regarding the affirmation of democracy. The OAS is not more than the countries that are represented there. I mean the decision is not an organizational decision but a decision made by the countries and most of the countries. The majority of the countries of the OAS complain that Venezuela is not following the standards necessary to be recognized as a democracy and the same issue is brought regarding Nicaragua. Nicaragua is in a moment of transition in a way that democracy is under peril, democracy is under a serious menace and that’s why the countries of the Americas in the OAS decided to say that they are not happy; I’m not talking in democratic terms but I’m talking in a way that people will understand, we are not happy to see some countries in the Americas going away from the democratic standards.”