Pompeo: OAS should suspend Venezuela due to failure to respect democracy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called on members of the Organization of American States (OAS) to suspend Venezuela from the organization “due to its failure to respect democratic rule and constitutional order,” the State Department announced.

He also urged the Nicaraguan government to implement recommendations issued last month by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights “in order to seek peaceful resolution to the recent unrest and ensure respect for human rights,” the announcement said.

Pompeo also “pressed member states to put the OAS on more sustainable financial footing by implementing a new quota payment system,” it said. Pompeo spoke during the OAS General Assembly before foreign ministers and senior representatives of other OAS member states. During a meeting with Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, Pompeo “reaffirmed the importance of the recent launch of the US-Brazil Permanent Forum on Security, our ongoing joint bilateral law enforcement initiative to address transnational crime,” the department also announced.

During the meeting, they discussed “how best to address the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, especially the lack of credibility and legitimacy of the elections on May 20,” the announcement said.

Source: Kuwait News Agency