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Ambassador Chaderton: Reach of Summit of the Americas Limited

During an ordinary session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of the American States (OAS), the Venezuelan Ambassador to the OAS, Roy Chaderton Matos stated that resolutions adopted for Declaration of the 5th Summit of the Americas, held in Trinidad and Tobago last month, had a limited reach.

Chaderton reminded listeners that on April 17th, presidents and heads of government of the member states of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of America (ALBA), “agreed upon a document that specified clearly its disagreement with the approved resolution of the Summit of the Americas.”
The Ambassador said that the decision of the ALBA was “based on the omission and concepts that would not have been accepted in the previous text” by the OAS. For this reason, Chaderton affirmed that “we should remain firm about our dissatisfaction with the limited reach of the resolutions approved there.”

The diplomat stated that Venezuela hopes the General Assembly of the OAS in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, “will be used to advance and not regress into the discussion of a text of which was multiple observations of the Member States.”

Chaderton indicated that his delegation “is committed to facilitating the development of these transcendental preparatory debates” in the upcoming meeting “and therefore will abstain from proposing any measure that could slow the ascent to higher levels of compromise that we have going forward.”

Chaderton expressed the necessity of not giving priority to the Summits of the OAS “and the thought of diplomats, technocrats, and bureaucrats above those of the leaders” who met in Trinidad and Tobago.

Prensa MinCI/ABN, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States /  May 7, 2009

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