This country was among six states which absented themselves from Wednesday’s vote by the Organisation of American States (OAS) which condemned Venezuela’s recent elections as fraudulent.
But an OAS affiliate body that same day issued a resolution regarding T&T on the recent deportation of six Venezuelan children from here.
The resolution was issued by the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) which acts as a consultative body to the OAS on promotion of respect for and defence of human rights in the region. The IACHR’s resolution granted precautionary measures to the six children – and noted actions and words by T&T’s authorities on their deportation.
On Wednesday, the OAS’s Permanent Council approved a resolution rejecting Venezuela’s parliamentary elections last weekend where opposition parties boycotted, protesting allegedly rigged polls .The Maduro administration remains in power via majority votes.
The OAS’s resolution against the election, stated it was important “to recognise the fraudulent elections as the latest act in the play book of the Maduro regime to undermine and ultimately destroy democracy in Venezuela,”
The US Mission to the OAS website, which reported the US ‘ strong statements against the Venezuelan elections , stated T&T as well as five other states weren’t present for the vote .
Voting for the resolution were Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St Lucia, Uruguay, the US and a Venezuelan Opposition representative.
Bolivia and Mexico were against . Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Saint Kitts/Nevis, and Suriname abstained – and absent were T&T, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Nicaragua and St Vincent/ Grenadines.
Foreign Affairs Minister Amery Browne on Wednesday night confirmed T&T was absent :
“We joined with a range of member states in not attending due to the improper convening of that particular meeting. T&T shared the position that that particular meeting was improperly convened,”
Browne cited the fact that Antigua’s mission to the OAS had informed the OAS on Tuesday that Antigua has stated at several previous OAS meetings it doesn’t recognise Juan Guaido as the purported “interim president” of Venezuela and considers any representative of him at OAS’ s Council to be ultra vires OAS’s charter and rules.
Antigua’s letter , which Guardian Media saw , stated Antigua doesn’t recognise Venezuela as an OAS member state since Venezuela ceased being an OAS member in 2017 . Therefore no request for a meeting of the OAS Permanent Council by any purported Venezuelan representative is admissible.
Antigua stated, in the circumstances it would not have participated in a Wednesday’s OAS meeting “which we considered to be improperly summoned.”
Antigua asked the OAS to circulate its letter to all member states and OAS’s secretary general
Browne told Guardian Media, “We share (Antigua’s) view and position.”
An AA website reported that “traditional allies of the Venezuelan government such as Nicaragua, Antigua/Barbuda absented themselves to protest the OAS meeting which they said was improperly” convened.