Kick Venezuela out of OAS, urges Pompeo

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"Whoever supported this resolution also support the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela", he said.

US- The United States and six influential members of the Organisation of American States urged the body Monday to reject Venezuela's elections and to begin moves to kick Caracas out of the club.

At the General Assembly past year in Cancun, foreign ministers from throughout the Americas were unable to get enough votes for a relatively strongly worded proposal calling on the Venezuelan government to reconsider its call for an assembly to re-write the constitution and to respect the separation of powers.

He also denounced what he called an ongoing US aggression against Venezuela.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on members of the Organization of American States (OAS) to suspend Venezuela from the group and bolster sanctions against Nicolas Maduro's government.


In Caracas, Maduro accused the United States of pressuring several countries in a "vulgar" way, claiming the USA was threatening to withdraw financial aid and even impose sanctions to get its way.

The organization has long taken a tough line against Venezuela, with its leader, Uruguayan politician Luis Almagro, repeatedly regional governments to take tougher stances in the form of sanctions against the regime.

"Every time an OAS General Assembly approaches, we see the same movie", Maduro said during a function in Caracas.

The Organization of American States (OAS) passed a resolution that can initiate the process of Venezuela's suspension from the organization, the OAS said in a statement.

Arreaza said the situation in Venezuela was a domestic one, placed on the agenda of an worldwide meeting "in a spurious manner".


The 48th OAS annual meeting was held in Washington on June 4.

But members will have a chance to chastise Caracas when they vote on a resolution that would refuse to recognize the result of the May election and, according to U.S. officials, pave the way for further action.

Under Article 21 of this charter, an extraordinary general assembly of OAS member states can suspend a country from the body, the main forum for Western Hemisphere countries to develop shared democratic norms.

This comes amid an intensified crackdown against political dissent and a deepening economic crisis in this once-prosperous Latin American country.

The Lima Group and the US had already refused to recognize the victory of Maduro in the May presidential election, saying it failed to meet "international standards of a democratic, free, just and transparent process".


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