The United States believes that Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua should not have a presence in the OAS

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Francisco Mora, recently appointed US ambassador to the body, says that only countries with governments “that have been democratically elected” should have representation< /h2>

The United States believes that Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua should not have a presence in the OAS

Miguel Díaz Canel, Daniel Ortega, and Nicolás Maduro (REUTERS/Norlys Perez)

Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua “should not have a presence” in the Organization of States States (OAS), assured the newly appointed United States ambassador to the organization, Francisco Mora, this Thursday.

The ambassador, who presented his credentials to the organization last week, said in a call with journalists that only countries with governments “that have been democratically elected” should have representation in the OAS.

“If we are going to commit ourselves to the OAS charter (…) countries where these types of regimes exist, they should not have a presence” in the organization, Mora stated, referring to Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

On the latter country, however, Mora stressed that, in his opinion, if “free and fair” elections are heldas part of the negotiations between the opposition and the regime of Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela could once again enter the OAS.

“There is no reason to think that the next government that is elected after free elections (…) cannot return with a representative to the Permanent Council,” said the ambassador, of Cuban origin.

The United States believes that Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua should not have a presence in the OAS

Permanent Council of the OAS (Photo: Capture)

Until Earlier this year, Venezuela's seat at the OAS was held by Gustavo Tarre, a representative sent by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who was recognized by the US as president. Venezuela interim.

Tarre ceased his functions at the OAS, after the National Assembly of Venezuela, a parallel legislature controlled by the opposition, decided to remove Guaidó as interim president.

The regime of Nicolás Maduro In 2017, he presented a formal request to withdraw his country from the OAS.

In the same way, Nicaragua also decided to start the process to leave the OAS in 2021 and its ambassador to the organization, Artur McFields, resigned from his post in April 2022 and denounced the Daniel Ortega regime for human rights violations in a speech before the Permanent Council.

Cuba, for its part, was excluded from the inter-American system in 1962 due to its adherence to the Soviet communist bloc and its confrontation with Washington after the revolution led by Fidel Castro in 1959. The members of the regional bloc annulled that decision in 2009, but Cuba has not requested their reinstatement.

(With information from EFE)

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