Mexico pushes OAS for pact to preserve democracy in Venezuela

6/19/2017 Reuters

Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro hold a news conference ahead of the OAS 47th General Assembly in Cancun
Mexico’s Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray (L) and Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro hold a news conference ahead of the OAS 47th General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

Mexico is pushing the Organization of American States to adopt a resolution on Venezuela that defends representative democracy, the Mexican foreign minister said on Monday, at a meeting set to be dominated by the crisis in the oil-exporting country.

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said talks on Venezuela could be drawn out over a three-day OAS annual general meeting in Cancun to seek consensus.

“The most important thing is that whatever we agree happens through good faith dialogue to defend the values that unite us,” Videgaray said at a news conference.

“In this specific case it’s the defense of representative democracy as the only form of government that should prevail in the American continent,” he said.

Critics accuse Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of leading the OPEC member towards dictatorship by delaying elections, jailing opposition activists and pressing to overhaul the constitution.

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