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US and Top OAS Members Start Push to Suspend Venezuela

US and Top OAS Members Start Push to Suspend Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the Organization of American States (OAS) 48th General Assembly. At left is Grenada's Permanent Representative to the OAS E. Angus Friday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Monday, 04 June 2018 03:41 PM

The United States and six more of the most influential countries in the Organization of American States called Monday for the launch of proceedings to suspend Venezuela from the body.

Washington was joined by Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico and Peru in urging that President Nicolas Maduro's Caracas government be punished for what they see as his assault on democracy.

A draft resolution, presented on the first day of the 48th annual meeting of the OAS, calls on members not to recognize the results of last month's "unconstitutional" Venezuelan election.

It further urges the body to use "the mechanisms for the preservation and defense of representative democracy" contained in the Inter-American Democratic Charter -- a first step towards suspension.

Under Article 21 of this Charter, an extraordinary general assembly of OAS member states can suspend a country from the body, the main forum for western hemisphere countries to develop shared democratic norms.

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