U.S. Ambassador to the OAS Questions the Suitability of Peaceful Relations with Venezuela

March 10, 2014

To pave the way for war, Obama is continuing to demonize the enemies of U.S. imperialism. Any country or people who for whatever reason, oppose the dictates of the U.S. monopolies are attacked as "outlaws" or "rogue states," as "terrorists," "drug-dealers," etc. All these slogans turn truth on its head and are used by U.S. imperialism to declare itself world policeman – the judge, jury and executioner of the peoples. So too, in order to disguise its exploiting aims U.S. imperialism relies on the ultra-chauvinist doctrines of "freedom," "democracy," and "human rights" to assert the "moral superiority" of "American values" and justify the brazen violation of the sovereignty of countries.

On March 7, Ambassador Carmen Lomellin issued the following at a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in response to a OAS Permanent Council declaration approved by other member States:

"The United States supports the call for peaceful resolution of the situation in Venezuela based on an authentically inclusive dialogue. However, the United States cannot support this declaration because … it does not adequately reflect this Organization's commitment to promoting democracy and human rights in the hemisphere. Furthermore, the declaration places the OAS in a position of taking sides, something it cannot do.

"Specifically, paragraph 2 suggests, incorrectly, that an alleged need to maintain order and respect the principle of non-interference takes priority over the commitments of all OAS member states to promote and protect human rights and democracy. The declaration contradicts Article two of the OAS Charter and the principles enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

"While paragraph 4 mentions dialogue, it lacks a key element to resolve Venezuela’s problems. To succeed, it must be a genuine dialogue encompassing all parties. The declaration only offers one-sided support to a government-sponsored dialogue which has been rejected by important sectors of the opposition.

"The United States believes genuine dialogue will require the participation of a third party all sides can trust. It will also require an end to attempts to suppress free speech and a release of political prisoners. Unfortunately, the declaration does not sufficiently advance these goals. The OAS cannot sanction a dialogue in which much of the opposition has no voice and no faith. Only Venezuelans can find the solutions to Venezuela’s problems, but the situation in Venezuela today makes it imperative that a trusted third party facilitate the conversation as Venezuelans search for those solutions.

"Finally and most importantly, the United States cannot agree to the declaration's call for "full OAS support" to a dialogue process orchestrated by only one actor. The OAS has a responsibility to remain neutral; it cannot take sides."

The way to resolve all the problems in the relations between the U.S. and Venezuela, the way to take the path of peaceful relations, is for the U.S. government to immediately cease all interference in the internal affairs of that country. A democratic foreign policy must genuinely respect the sovereignty of Venezuela, allowing the Venezuelan people themselves to decide on their own economic and political system.