OAS is closely monitoring political developments in Venezuela
Venezuelan Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) said that Venezuela's opposition coalition may not participate in a meeting of the body's Permanent Council
On Monday, Zela received a letter from the MUD, which reported on the irregular political situation facing Venezuela. In his reply, Zela guaranteed that the Inter-American Democratic Charter is the base of any assessments made by the body. Further, he remarked that the OAS remains permanently available to listen to the claims of the Venezuelan opposition coalition.
In the letter addressed to Insulza, the MUD urged the OAS "to convene promptly a meeting at the OAS Permanent Council" and asked to take the floor at the council to provide information that may help Member States to be fully aware of the situation of the country.
OAS's Secretary General José Miguel Insulza said last week that the organization fully respects the decisions made by the Venezuelan constitutional branches of Government concerning the inauguration of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's.
He added that "if a country is willing to address this or any other issue at the OAS, it may be done at the Permanent Council." Insulza pointed out that the OAS participates whenever there is an institutional crisis among the branches of Government, yet this is not the case.
For his part, Venezuela's Ambassador to the OAS Roy Chaderton noted that the OAS comprises States only, and therefore, the opposition's move to convene a meeting with the Permanent Council is unrealistic.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.