OAS Rejects Rice's Demand to Intervene in Venezuela's "TV or Not TV" Situation

8 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>OAS Rejects Rice's Demand to Intervene in Venezuela's "TV or Not TV" Situation</h1><p>June 8, 2007 (LPAC)-- The General Secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS), Chilean Jose Miguel Insulza, rejected any possibility of a direct OAS intervention into Venezuela, as was demanded by U.S. Secretary of State Condolezza Rice at the OAS General Assembly that concluded June 6 in Panama City. Rice argued that Insulza should send a mission to Venezuela to evaluate whether "freedom of the press" exists in that country, following President Hugo Chavez's decision not to renew the license of the private RCTV television station.</p><p>Chavez's political opposition has used the denial of the license to unleash a wave of student protests, claiming that Chavez is a "dictator." The Venezuelan government charged that these protests had been organized by the Albert Einstein Institute, chaired by Gene Sharp, which has played a key role in organizing allegedly "pro-democracy revolutions" in several Eastern European countries.</p><p>Rice cited Article 18 of the Inter-American Charter in arguing that Insulza should go to Venezuela to prepare an official report on the situation there. But Insulza explained that Article 18 requires that the government involved authorize such an official investigation, and Venezuela certainly wouldn't agree to it. Moreover, he added, this really is a matter internal to Venezuela. During his remarks, he also took the opportunity to state that he favored "reopening" dialogue with Cuba, which no doubt didn't endear him to Ms. Rice either.</p><p>During the OAS General Assembly meeting itself, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Madura and Rice exchanged harsh words, with Maduro charging, correctly, that the U.S. had failed in its attempt to use the OAS to interfere in Venezuela's internal affairs.</p></div></body>