South Florida Congressman Backs OAS, Trump Administration for Cracking Down on Maduro

Last week, a South Florida congressman applauded the Organization of American States (OAS) for continuing its efforts against the Maduro regime.

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., praised the OAS for passing on a 12-0 vote with five abstentions “to approve the call for a consultation body pursuant to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, which affirms the responsibility of the OAS to work toward ‘the maintenance of the peace and security of the Continent’ (Art. 6).”

Diaz-Balart was joined by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the chairman of the U.S. Senate Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, in praising the OAS.

The OAS, according to Rubio’s office “has begun the process of invoking the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, also known as the Rio Treaty, in support of the restoration of democratic order and the rule of law in Venezuela.”

Interim President’s Juan Guaidó, the leader of the opposition to the Maduro regime, requested that “the democratically elected National Assembly approve Venezuela’s return to the Inter-American Treaty,” noted Rubio’s office and the U.S. State Department is backing it.

“Today, the OAS has agreed to invoke the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance,” Diaz-Balart said on Wednesday before cheering the Trump administration’s efforts against the Maduo regime. “I commend the Trump administration, U.S. Ambassador to the OAS Carlos Trujillo, as well as Venezuelan Ambassador to the OAS Gustavo Tarre Briceño and OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, for joining together to support the rule of law, regional security, and the rights of the Venezuelan people. The Lima Group also has been instrumental in strengthening international solidarity with the Venezuelan people and the legitimate government of Guaido.

“The world is increasingly united around the restoration of freedom, human rights, and security for Venezuela and our hemisphere. Today’s action was the next necessary step in achieving that goal,” Diaz-Balart added.

“Eleven countries, including the U.S….are calling to invoke the Rio Treaty to confront the crisis Maduro has unleashed. Our collective goal is to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on Maduro to create a path to free and fair elections in Venezuela,” the State Department noted last week.

“As Maduro and his illegitimate narco-terrorist regime continue to threaten regional democratic order, stability, and prosperity, I welcome the OAS’s intention to invoke the Rio Treaty to counter the Maduro regime’s menace. It is time for all of the democracies in the region to stand in support of the Venezuelan people and denounce any attack by the Maduro regime as an attack against all members. I applaud the leadership of U.S. Ambassador to the OAS Carlos Trujillo and Venezuelan Ambassador to the OAS Gustavo Tarre Briceño, who have tirelessly worked in support of the cause of freedom from tyranny in Venezuela,” Rubio said last week.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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