On Saturday, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, urged to use the Democratic Charter of the Organization to take actions in Venezuela, following the announcement by US President Donald Trump of a “possible Military option” to the crisis in that country.
The Inter-American Democratic Charter @OEA_oficial is the instrument to defend democracy and the ideal framework to take actions in #Venezuela,”
wrote Almagro on his Twitter account.
Almagro has insisted on the application of this document, approved in 2001 to strengthen and preserve regional democratic institutions, accusing the Venezuelan government of becoming a dictatorship.
Trump said on Friday that Washington could certainly opt for a military operation to resolve the situation in the South American country, where four months of protests against Maduro have resulted in violent riots and 125 dead.
The installation of a Constituent Assembly in Venezuela that won’t be recognized by the opposition, the United States, the European Union and a dozen Latin American countries, increased the tension in relations between Caracas and Washington, tense from the rise of chavismo to power in 1999.
Almagro criticized the election of the Constituent Assembly as a tremendous fraud and backed the decision of the MERCOSUR to suspend Venezuela from the regional bloc for breaching the democratic order.
However, the OAS as a whole has not managed to achieve a unitary position on the situation in Venezuela, despite the fact that 13 member countries of the regional body issued a statement at the last Permanent Council urging Venezuela to abandon the idea of the Constituent Assembly.