The Organization of the American States (OAS) has just started the process of transformation, said OAS Ambassador Roy Chaderton on Thursday.
Chaderton said the last OAS General Assembly, during which sanctions against Cuba were lifted, represented just a gasp of air in an organization which, in his opinion, resembles a “lukewarm cadaver”.
“What happened in San Pedro Sula (Honduras) is the beginning of the recovery of the OAS. Hopefully it can become a more credible organization,” asserted Chaderton.
The ambassador is optimistic that the OAS will continue demonstrating plurality and a commitment to democracy. At the same time, he emphasized that there are still contradictions at the heart of the organization’s charter.
“The OAS had a painful birth that generated a diplomatic violence which tried to impose a political, social, and economic scheme upon all nations of the continent. That contradicts the principle of self-determination for consecrated members of the Inter-American Democratic Charter,” said the diplomat.
Chaderton made these declarations during the II Inter-American Meeting of Experts and Representatives of Electoral Bodies in Caracas, Venezuela. The purpose of this meeting is to construct a referential framework for common procedures in the management and control of electoral processes.
Bolivarian News Agency (ABN), Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / June 12, 2009