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NESTOR MENDEZ, ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES
SECRETARY GENERAL INVOKED DEMOCRATIC CHARTER AND CONVENED PERMANENT COUNCIL ON VENEZUELA

May 31, 2016 - Washington D.C.


Dear Mr. Chairman of the Permanent Council,

I am pleased to address you to request the convening of an urgent session of the Permanent Council of the Member States between June 10 and 20, 2016, in accordance with Article 20 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, in which “…the Secretary General may request the immediate convocation of the Permanent Council to undertake a collective assessment of the situation and to take such decisions as it deems appropriate”.

The Permanent Council, depending on the situation, may decide to undertake the necessary diplomatic efforts to promote the normalization of the situation and restore democratic institutions.

If diplomatic efforts prove unsuccessful or if the urgency of the situation warrants, the Permanent Council shall immediately convene a special session of the General Assembly so that it may take whatever decisions it considers appropriate, including diplomatic efforts, in accordance with the OAS Charter, international law, and the provisions outlined in the Democratic Charter.

During this process, the necessary diplomatic efforts to promote the normalization of the situation and restore democratic institutions will be undertaken.

This process should address the “alteration of the Constitutional order” and how this gravely affects “the democratic order” of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, based on the complaints submitted to the Secretary General by the National Assembly of Venezuela, as well as the following considerations of fact and law.

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