Following this week’s 47 General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Cancun, the Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, expressed disappointment in the ability of the OAS to effectively address the needs of the people, and said that it should undergo a process of reinvention and re-engineering.
The remarks come after the OAS meeting largely centered around the ongoing internal situation of Venezuela at the urging of Mexico, who was hosting the meeting.
Following the meeting, which she described as mono-thematically revolving around Venezuela, she said that the body should fulfill its duty to prioritize the issues facing the hemisphere.
“No diplomatic work makes sense if it is not in harmony with the demands of the societies we represent,” she said.
The official expressed frustration that Ecuador had brough forth multiple relevent and pressing agenda points, such as the fight against poverty and inequality, the successful migratory model of Ecuador, climate change, and natural disaster preparedness.
Unfortunately however, none of the topics were addressed, as Venezuela’s internal matters permeated the entire agenda for the week.
She noted the diplomatic deadlock that occurred on the matter, with those states who maintain that sovereignty should be respected and a principle of non-interference adhered to by the organization, countering those who believe the Venezuelan crisis should be made a unilateral issue.