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Mexico, Venezuela Feud Over OAS Resolution Denouncing Maduro Government

LADB Article ID: 80377
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-08-16
By: Carlos Navarro

The uneasy relationship that has existed between Mexico and Venezuela over the past 15 years exploded into a public spat after the Mexican government denounced a move by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to dissolve Congress and call for a constituent assembly (Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, ANC) to rewrite the country’s charter. The Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (Foreign Ministry, SRE) introduced a resolution at a meeting of members of the Organization of American States (OAS) in June to denounce the Venezuelan government’s actions. Mexico also angered the Maduro administration by denouncing Venezuela’s ongoing repression against protestors and criticizing its decision to dismiss the country’s top prosecutor, Luisa Ortega Díaz. The prosecutor, who had been a Chávez loyalist, had denounced Maduro’s plan to rewrite the Constitution. Venezuela replied to the Mexico-led effort in the OAS by denouncing Mexico’s own violation of human rights, particularly the lack of resolution to the disappearance––and presumed murder––of 47 students from a teachers’ college in Guerrero state in September 2014. Maduro also went out of his way to call Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, along with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, “entreguistas” (sell-outs) for siding with the US in condemning Venezuela’s actions.

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