Cochez is not sorry about his remarks at OAS
The comments made by Panamanian Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) Guillermo Cochez unleashed a showdown with his Venezuelan counterpart
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"I just can say that I am very satisfied with my conscience for what I did and I do not regret a thing," Cochez told Efe on Thursday in a telephone conversation.
"Like it or not, the matter is already inside the OAS; that was like a cluster bomb," he added.
Cochez did not say whether he ponders on his resignation, as requested by some Panamanian politicians, but said again that he intended to call Insulza's attention. "My criticism of the Secretary-General has been made by many other sectors as well," he stressed.
The diplomat's remarks unleashed a showdown with Venezuelan Ambassador to the OAS Roy Chaderton and were further rebutted by the Panamanian Foreign Office in a communiqué for considering them "made without consultation."
Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli termed on Thursday Cochez's criticism as "an opinion of his own."
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.