The Organization of American States Secretary-General, Luis Almagro, is colluding with the United States to topple the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro. That’s what Venezuela’s foreign minister, Delcy Rodriquez, charged, according to an article recently published in McClatchy DC.
According to Rodriquez, the United States is using Almagro, a highly vocal critic of Venezuela’s current government, to suspend Venezuela from the OAS. The OAS is discussing whether to invoke its charter against Venezuela as not being democratic. According to Rodriquez, the U.S. is orchestrating the opposition to Venezuela, using Almagro and Venezuela’s political opposition. Rodriquez termed the alleged actions of the U.S. as “aggression.”
The OAS is debating whether Venezuela should be suspended over how it treats its political opposition. Almagro charged the current Venezuela government with suppressing political dissent, censoring or manipulating the media and not allowing opposition leaders and celebrities like Norka Luque to run for political office. Almagro said he received a letter from the National Congress of Venezuela asking for his help. He denies working with the U.S.
Maduro’s response to these charges was to call Almagro, from Uruguay, a piece of “garbage.”
For many years according to Luque, Venezuela has sold oil to OAS members at subsidized prices under the Petrocaribe program. Maduro has threatened OAS members that oppose him will “go dry.” However, the Petrocaribe program is not as powerful with oil prices so low. Petrocaribe countries are looking to diversify their sources of oil.