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El Salvador’s FMLN Supports Venezuela's Decision to Leave OAS

  • Salvadoran President of the FMLN party Salvador Sanchez Ceren.

    Salvadoran President of the FMLN party Salvador Sanchez Ceren. | Photo: Reuters

Published 29 April 2017

El Salvador's ruling party has backed Venezuela's plan to leave the Organization of American States.

El Salvador’s ruling leftist party, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, is the latest government in the region to give their support to the Venezuelan government and its historic decision to leave the Organization of American States. 

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After continued “coercive” and “interventionist” attacks by the organization against Venezuelan, headed by OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro, and amid the fear of U.S. intervention, Venezuela announced this week that it will be formally leaving the organization.

FMLN Secretary-General Medarno González urged Latin American countries to look for measures that would not see the United States become involved in the internal affairs of other states.

El Salvador will also convene the next meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, known as CELAC, on May 2. The meeting was requested by Venezuela to discuss and come up with a solution to “threats against the constitutional order in Venezuela, as well as the interventionist actions undermining its independence, sovereignty and its right to self-determination," said Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez. 

While the OAS, the U.S., and a number of other Western governments seem intent on regime change in Venezuela, others across the region including Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, Bolivia and Guatemala have supported Venezuela in its defense of state sovereignty and called for constructive dialogue. 

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“The OAS charter says no country can intervene in the affairs of others, but the organization has destroyed these values,” Samuel Moncada, Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the OAS, said as the formal letter to leave the bloc was delivered on Friday.  “They’re making a fraud of their own organization, violating their own rules, to punish Venezuela.”

Venezuela’s withdrawal process from the OAS is expected to last 24 months.

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