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Belize’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Denounces OAS Sec Gen Comments

Belize’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denounced what they describe as “controversial remarks” that the OAS Secretariat and the regional grouping’s Secretary General Luis Almagro have made. Love News has learned that for several months, a number of countries in the regional grouping are concerned about the Secretary General’s attitude to certain members and comments he has made that did not sit well with those countries’ governments. For example, ahead of yesterday’s Mexico’s mid-term elections, Reuters (roy-ters) news agency reports that country’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said that while the OAS had clearance to send in observers for Sunday’s election, he described Almagro’s performance as “one of the worst in history”, adding quote “He has acted, repeatedly without consulting the member states…he acts as if he were autonomous” (unquote). Minister Ebrard also said that in the Bolivian election and the ouster of President Evo Morales, the OAS was “practically fomenting a coup” in Bolivia. Meanwhile, El Salvador’s attorney general Rodolfo Delgado announced on Friday that he would end the cooperation agreement between his office and an anti-impunity mission from OAS. According to the Associated Press, El Salvador’s issue is that the OAS appointed former San Salvador Mayor Ernesto Muyshondt (moy-shunt) as an advisor. Muyshondt is being prosecuted for crimes related to electoral fraud and illegal association for trying to negotiate payments to the country’s street gangs in exchange for electoral support in 2014. While the Belize foreign ministry does not explicitly say what remarks Almagro has made, in its Sunday Facebook posting, it continues to hold the position that “such remarks do not reflect our views and undermine the high esteem of the office of Secretary-General. It’s a story our newsroom will continue to follow.