OAS concerned about reports of the Colombian-Venezuelan border and the situation in Nicaragua

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

OAS Permanent Council, which met this 12 from December, She received with great concern the report on the visit by Member States to the Colombian-Venezuelan.

The General Secretariat of the OAS expressed its highest concern at reports about the possibility that aircraft capable of using nuclear weapons from Russia, are in Venezuelan territory.

According to the statement by the agency said in a statement, This violates the Venezuelan constitution and fundamental norms of international law.

Venezuela is a party to the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean: "Tlatelolco Treaty", whose first article prohibits the receipt, storage or possession of nuclear weapons by itself or by third parties on its territory.

"We urge the bodies established in this agreement to take the necessary measures to verify compliance by Venezuela of its obligations, ensure that we are not in the presence of nuclear weapons as defined in Article 5 the Treaty of Tlatelolco, and if the violation thereof are noticed, immediately communicate it both United Nations and the OAS, as required by Article 21 ", the statement said.

Another important topic at the meeting

A working group 12 countries warned that continues to receive reports of enforced disappearances and abductions in Nicaragua, although the government of Daniel Ortega claims to have normalized the crisis that began with protests in April.

"The situation in Nicaragua continues to generate great concern, with a continuing lack of reliable access to human rights monitors, an increase of systematic repression and an increasingly hostile rhetoric from the government to the population and the international community ", said third group report read by the alternate ambassador to Canada, Francois Jubinville.

The Working Group noted that expressed the intention to conduct a national consultation, But the Nicaraguan government has shown no willingness to establish the conditions that allow this.

The 12 denounced countries that continues to deny access to a special monitoring mechanism and a group of independent experts to Nicaragua, installed in June by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Meanwhile, Nicaragua responded to the group and ignoring any measure arising from their existence.

OAS discussed the situation in Nicaragua, the same day the government canceled the legal status of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH).

In addition CENIDH, and Making Democracy, also they were canceled the legal personality of the Center for Health Research and the Institute of Strategic Studies and Public Policy.

Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro decided on the cancellation of the legal status of CENIDH. "Unacceptable decision of the National Assembly of Nicaragua to cancel the legal status of organizations that defend human rights and civil society as CENIDH and Making Democracy. Silence them is itself of authoritarianism ", he claimed.