While Canada and the US question the elections in Nicaragua, Mexico points to the OAS

United States and Canada they condemned this Thursday the recent Nicaraguan elections on the 51 General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), while Mexico questioned the relevance of the regional body to face the problems of the continent.

The second day of the General Assembly, held virtually in Guatemala, had Nicaragua as the main point of debate, in addition to the Venezuelan regime.

The “situation” of both countries practically monopolized the deliberations of the 34 member states of the regional body, which celebrates its General Assembly from November 10 to 12, despite the constant claim at various moments of the day by Nicaragua during the session this Thursday.

The United States and Canada were the nations that most strongly criticized the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, during their speeches, which last Sunday was reelected in a controversial election described as a “farce” by the international community.

During your speech, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken ratified Washington’s rejection of the Nicaraguan elections, in addition to directing his criticism against Cuba and Venezuela.

“In the recent elections in Nicaragua, the Ortega government prevented some leaders of opposition parties and civil society from participating,” recalled Blinken, who He mentioned that his country issued a resolution in this assembly to condemn the Executive headed by the Sandinista leader.

The draft resolution on the OAS agenda was included in item 24 of the Assembly’s agenda, promoted by the representatives of Canada, Antigua and Barbuda, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay, to be debated on Friday.

The inclusion of the resolution, early this Thursday, provoked the rejection of Nicaragua through its representative, Michael Campbell, who requested “respect” for the Central American nation.

The proposed resolution on “the situation in Nicaragua” regrets that the Central American country has ignored the diplomatic and technical initiatives undertaken since June 2019 by the OAS to promote “representative democracy and the protection of human rights”.

Criticisms of Cuba and Venezuela

On another issue, the head of US diplomacy also demanded the “release of all US citizens who have been illegally detained in Venezuela.”

In addition, he made reference to Cuba, where he condemned the detention of “many people” during the day of demonstrations on July 11, among them Yolanda de la Cruz, a 26-year-old girl, of whom she assured “has a sentence of eight years for having broadcast the protest live.”

Blinken also recalled that Cuban opposition leaders “have called for another protest on November 15.”

Dispute between Canada and Nicaragua

Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly assured that her country is “deeply concerned about what has just happened in Nicaragua” in reference to last Sunday’s elections, which she described as “unfair” and that “they were not free by incarcerating opposition leaders, journalists and members of civil society ”.

“The Daniel Ortega regime has taken Nicaragua out of the family of democracies in the hemisphere”Wielded the official, who invited the other member countries of the OAS to “not stare” and “collectively take action here” in the assembly.

In response, the representative of Nicaragua He rejected the “false statements” of Canada and stated again that “Nicaragua respects itself.”

Campbell took the opportunity to mention that “the whole world has watched in amazement the findings of unmarked graves of children” in Canada.

The Nicaraguan ambassador to the OAS stated that “it is estimated that between 1883 and 1996 more than 150,000 indigenous children were separated from their families and sent to government reformatories where they suffered all kinds of physical and sexual abuse, torture and even murder.”

At the end, the Nicaraguan official wondered if “could there be democracy without the full participation of the native peoples? Can there be democracy without justice for so many indigenous families and communities?

Mexico questions the regional body

At the end of the deliberation session this Thursday, Mexico questioned the work of the regional entity and He pointed out to his Secretary General, the Uruguayan Luis Almagro, of having “deeply damaged” the Organization of American States.

“The OAS should be an inclusive organization, promoter of political dialogue, cooperation, integration and development of the member states, but it is not,” said the permanent representative of Mexico to the continental entity, Luz Elena Baños Rivas , during his speech.

“Conversely, it is a space where differences and isolation deepen, and where biased agendas are promoted ”, added the diplomat.

Baños questioned, among others, Almagro’s role during Bolivia’s political crisis in 2019 and the “biased” behavior of the secretary general.

The diplomat said that “it is enough to check the social networks” of Almagro to “verify his intense personal agenda talking about matters that are his personal priorities, often far from the interests, needs and challenges of our peoples and governments.”

Delegations from 34 countries will participate until Friday in the deliberations of the main body of the OAS, which on its last day of the General Assembly plans to address the situation in Nicaragua, in addition to a point related to the Malvinas Islands.

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