Two opposing resolutions submitted at the Organization of American States to discuss the situation in Venezuela prior to its annual meeting has again led to the failure of interventionist moves by U.S.-backed forces, as both proposals put forth did not receive the two-thirds majority needed to pass.
Hours before the meeting scheduled for 2 p.m., local time, Peru withdrew a draft resolution on the country Monday shortly before foreign ministers were set to meet to discuss the political situation in Venezuela in hopes of adopting a resolution on the issue. The proposal put forward by Peru, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Panama and supported by other countries, called for the government of President Nicolas Maduro to be condemned and attempted to put a stop the National Constituent Assembly to rewrite the Venezuelan Constitution.
The so-called “compromise” proposal created confusion among member states, with various representatives questioning the process and expressing opposition to the move. Backed by the U.S. and based on the withdrawn Peruvian proposal, it received 20 yes votes, 8 abstentions, 5 no votes, while Venezuela, who refused to recognize the proceedings, was counted as absent.
A second counterproposal put forward by the 14 countries of the Caribbean Community known as Caricom, called for an “internal” solution “based on dialogue” and rejected potential international intervention.