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The General Secretariat of the OAS Supports the decision by MERCOSUR on Venezuela

  August 5, 2017

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) expresses it support for the decision adopted today to suspend the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from MERCOSUR, in accordance with the democratic clause of the Ushuaia Protocol.

Democracy and human rights are inalienable principles in the Americas, and their defense and promotion are fundamental values to the community of States that make up the OAS.

The decision adopted by the Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay is an exemplary statement in defense of the principles that unite our countries and convey a message of hope and support to the people of Venezuela as they are fighting for their rights and freedom.

The decision adopted by MERCOSUR refers to the “Declaration of the States Party to MERCOSUR on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela” adopted on April 1, 2017 which noted “the rupture of the democratic order”, recalling that “the spirit of the Ushuaia Protocol’s commitment to democracy is the restoration of democratic institutions in the affected State”

This decision comes after Resolution CP/Res. 1078 (2108/17), adopted by the Permanent Council on April 3, 2017, which expressed “grave concern regarding the unconstitutional alteration of the democratic order in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela” and the readiness to “support measures to return to democratic order through the effective exercise of democracy and rule of law within the Venezuelan constitutional framework.”

The General Secretariat of the OAS reiterates its call for an end to the repression in the country, the immediate establishment of an electoral calendar which includes Presidential elections in 2017, the opening of a channel for humanitarian assistance, the restoration of the full powers of the National Assembly, the release of the political prisoners, the immediate annulment of all activities by the fraudulent National Constituent Assembly, and the unequivocal respect for the democratic institutions of the State.

The countries of the region, with the Inter-American legal instruments at their disposal, must continue to tell the Venezuelan Regime that in the Americas, there is no place for dictatorships or for the tyrants that lead them.

Reference: E-062/17