Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez slammed critics of the Bolivarian Revolution at the Organization of American States, OAS, general assembly in Cancun, Mexico on Tuesday, calling them “lapdogs of imperialism.”
The United States, Brazil and 10 other members of the 34-nation OAS issued a letter accusing Venezuela of “undermining democracy,” “failing to feed its people” and “violating rights.”
“Considering the interruption of the democratic process in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, we believe that there should be a settled solution that includes all Venezuelan parties for the benefit of the people of that nation,” said the letter issued at the contentious OAS meeting.
The statement called for the release of so-called “political prisoners,” an election timetable, a “humanitarian channel” to ship food and medicine, and the creation of a group or mechanism to help “effective dialogue among Venezuelans.”
The 12 nations also called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to abandon plans for the upcoming Constituent Assembly, a process intended to allow for massive democratic participation in the rewriting of the country’s constitution. Maduro has indicated that it will bring “power to the people” and create the political space to allow for citizens to confront corruption.