OAS won’t apply Democratic Charter to Venezuelan regime while the Vatican Is mediating dialogue

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro said the organization will not apply a Democratic Charter on Venezuela while the Vatican is acting as mediator of dialogues between President Nicolás Maduro’s administration and the opposition, acknowledging that talks are “at a dead point” and that the situation is only getting worse.

In an interview, Almagro said OAS needs formal affirmation both from the Venezuelan opposition and the Vatican stating that the dialogue has ended with no results before he can take steps to implementing the Democratic Charter.

One of the objectives on the table was “to return powers to the National Assembly,” but that never happened.

In relation to political prisoners, Almagro said Maduro has not shown any “good will.” “There is a logic when the release of political prisoners is negotiated,” he said, “a principle of good will. It involves not imprisoning more political prisoners. In this case they have continued imprisoning politicians.”

"The worst thing is indifference,” he said. “Hiding behind things that prove to be progressive deterioration. From a social, humanitarian and political perspective, Venezuela is undergoing a crisis. This is the point we should all attack and continue to elaborate on when international bodies like the Vatican get involved in a dialogue with the government.”