Venezuela to withdraw from OAS

La canciller venezolana Delcy Rodríguez dijo que Venezuela se retiraría de la Organización de Estados Americanos, sugiriendo que es una "marioneta del gobierno de Estados Unidos".

During a televised speech in Caracas, Rodríguez said she will "present, as ordered by the president of the republic, Nicolas Maduro, the letter of resignation to the OAS" on Thursday, as a measure to safeguard "the dignity of the Venezuelan people."

Venezuela will need to pay the OAS an outstanding $8.7 million before it can withdraw. The OAS charter states a country can separate two years after it announces its desire and reasons to withdraw in a letter.

Rodríguez said Venezuela would no longer participate in meetings with the OAS, which she said is engaged in "interventionism" against Maduro's government to disrupt and isolate Venezuela. She said the Venezuelan government is withdrawing because the OAS continued "intrusive, arbitrary, illegal, deviant and gross actions" against Venezuela.

On Tuesday, Rodríguez had threatened to withdraw Venezuela if the bloc held a meeting on the South American country's crisis without approval. The OAS on Wednesday approved a resolution that will lead to a meeting of foreign ministers of member states on Venezuela's situation.