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Uruguay's Frente Amplio Criticizes Almagro, OAS over Venezuela

  • The Frente Amplio of Uruguay held its VI Congress in early May.

    The Frente Amplio of Uruguay held its VI Congress in early May. | Photo: @Frente_Amplio

Published 28 May 2017

The leftist coalition insisted that international institutions respect Venezuela's sovereignty.

The Frente Amplio of Uruguay issued a communique Saturday rejecting international interference against Venezuela, especially the actions of the OAS and its head Luis Almagro, who is from the South American country.

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The National Plenary of the leftist ruling party approved a resolution stating that it agreed with Uruguay's foreign policy as expressed by Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa in relation to the situation in Venezuela.

Invited by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to participate in the dialogue process between the opposition and the Bolivarian government, Novoa accepted, saying, "Uruguay will not fail to extend a hand to any country in trouble."

While several regional countries and Pope Francis have backed the call to resume the stalled talks, part of the right-wing opposition rejected talks, instead, calling on their supporters to take to the streets in an attempt to oust the democratically-elected government.

For nearly two months, violent opposition protests have led to the deaths of over 70 people, the majority innocent bystanders.

The plenary criticized Secretary-General of the Organization of American States Almagro, for his "repeated attempts" to implement the Democratic Charter against Venezuela without the express mandate of the Permanent Council of the regional organization, calling on international institutions to respect the sovereignty of Venezuela and not to foment "acts of destabilization" in the country through interference.

The FA also stated its support for the "international law of self-determination of peoples, relying on dialogue as an outlet for conflicts and rejecting all kinds of violence." 

The movement reaffirmed its commitment to peace, democracy and the peoples' process.

The leftist bloc has been in power for the past 17 years, winning presidential elections three times in a row, including Jose "Pepe" Mujica who served from 2009-2014 and the current President Tabare Vazquez, who served from 2004-2009 and was re-elected in 2014.

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