Skerrit demands firing of OAS Secretary General

Skerrit demands firing of OAS Secretary General

By TDN Wire Staff

May 11, 2017 4:55 A.M

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OAS Secretary General Luis Almargo.
Roseau, Dominica (TDN)

Dominica’s prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit is calling for the firing of the Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro.

Skerrit speaking to a Venezuelan television network Telesur recently said “"The OAS has lost its way and in my opinion the Secretary General should be fired.”

The Dominica prime minister appears to be throwing his support behind Venezuela whose president announced that his country would quit the organization in reaction to its criticism of the government’s handling of the ongoing political crisis in that country.

Venezuela has been a member of the Washington based organization for over 65 years but is now poised to leave with the country’s foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez announcing recently that his country will begin a two year process to leave.

Dozens of people have been killed in Venezuela as protestors clash on an almost daily basis with security forces. They are demanding that the country’s leader Nicholas Maduro leave office and call new elections.

The once thriving country is now being described as among the poorest in the Region as acute food shortages and rising poverty becomes the order of the day.

Skerrit, in calling for the OAS Secretary General’s resignation also voiced support for the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) saying that is why “CELAC was created, to move away from the influences of the OAS. "

CELAC is a regional block of 33 Caribbean and Latin American countries formed in 2011 at the behest of Venezuela that aims to unite, strengthen, and promote the interests of those countries.

Members of CELAC are Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Santa Lucia, Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Skerrit is the first and so far the only Caribbean leader to come out publicly in support of Venezuela and its stance against the OAS.

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