OAS members do not recognize Venezuelan representative appointed by the United States

On Tuesday, before the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), member states expressed their rejection of the illegal representation of Gustavo Tarre in the international instance on behalf of Venezuela, considering the resolution of April 9, 2019 as null and void and without legal effect.

The resolution states that part of the inter-American forum recognizes Gustavo Tarre as the representative appointed by the opposition deputy Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself as interim president of the country on January 23 and since then, with the support of the US government, he intends to usurp executive functions and illegally appoint representatives of Venezuela in the world.

Through a public statement, the delegations of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, announced that they do not support the appointment of the envoy of the National Assembly (AN) in contempt as ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), for not being appointed by the constitutional government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, who alone has the power to accredit ambassadors, interim representatives, alternates and advisors.

Additionally, the Permanent Mission of Mexico also issued a note to the Chair of the Permanent Council, which reserves the right to reiterate its position of rejection and ignorance to the representative appointed by the National Assembly in contempt, Gustavo Tarre, before acts and decisions whose legitimacy intended to fall into the aforementioned resolution, which threatens the institutionality of the Organization and the Inter-American System.

The delegation of Uruguay, Nicaragua, Guyana and Bolivia also expressed their rejection and ignorance of the usurpation of functions.

The Ambassador of Uruguay, Hugo Cayruz, pointed out that “this Organization has violated the rules and legal procedures of its Charter”.

On the other hand, the Alternate Representative of Nicaragua, Luis Alvarado, stated that “the Permanent Council took nonexistent powers that violate the OAS charter and undermine the sovereignty of nations”.

The Alternate Representative of Guyana, Riyad Insanally, pointed out that the Cooperative Republic of Guyana reserves the right to reiterate its position of rejection to Gustavo Tarre, before actions whose legality falls on the illicit resolution.

On the other hand, the Ambassador of Bolivia, José Gonzáles, confirmed that his country does not accept the approval of this resolution null and without legal value, adopted by the Permanent Council on April 9.

Why is it illegal?

The resolution is a violation of International Law, the Charter of the Organization of American States and the Charter of the Organization of the United Nations.

The one who appoints the representative of a country to the OAS is the head of the executive branch, in this case President Nicolás Maduro Moros.

It should be noted that the OAS has not recognized another president than President Maduro, as recalled in recent days by the Venezuelan ambassador to the UN, Samuel Moncada.

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