Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mexico Organizes Opposition to Venezuela's Maduro

       Mexico Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray announced  that a group of 14 nations, including Argentina, Brazil, and Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, and Paraguay, has called on Caracas to release political prisoners, return power to the National Assembly, and set a timetable to hold regional elections that Venezuela has postponed indefinitely.  The U.S. is working with Mexico to facilitate discussions among the group.
      The draft statement reflects the recent demands of Luis Almagro, the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, who recently called onmember states to pass a resolution calling on Venezuela to make democratic changes within 30 days or be kicked out of the group.   That resolution needs  two thirds of vote by members to pass.
    No comment from Maduro.

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