With strong criticism of the Organization of American States (OAS), Carlos Raimundi rejected this Monday to apply any sanction or unilateral measure against Nicaragua. It was after the disputed presidential elections on November 7. The Argentine ambassador to that body clarified that this position does not mean “a defense” of the government of Daniel Ortega.
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Raimundi said that “Argentina rejects the idea of applying sanctions or unilateral measures that the only thing they achieve is to exacerbate tensions and harm citizens.”
What the Argentine Ambassador to the OAS Carlos Raimundi said about the situation in Nicaragua
“I am not defending the Nicaraguan government,” said the diplomat in a special session of the Permanent Council.
In his speech, the former radical deputy said that the government of Alberto Fernandez he is concerned about the wave of arrests of presidential candidates ahead of the elections.
“We have expressed concern about the arrests in Nicaragua with our vote in international organizations and with the call for consultations from our ambassador, who is already back in Managua,” he said.
Raimondi recalled that “in Argentina, in 1979 there was a before and after from the on-site visit of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights regarding the public legitimation of what was happening in the country” during the dictatorship.
“We always believe that the reports in the place are much more complete, more precise, they reflect better the situation of the people and the media, than the facts from outside,” he said.
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Strong criticism of the OAS by Argentine Ambassador Carlos Raimundi
Raimundi asserted: “One thing is to respect the sovereign decision of the States, and another is that we should not do anything for a State to take the path of isolation. In addition, he claimed: “We have to commit ourselves.”
And he stated: “We believe that this organization has not been effective in that sense. We have other cases of judicial persecution of opposition leaders, here we had seated the representative of a government that came from a coup, as happened in Bolivia”.
“I am not making a defense of the Nicaraguan government. I am criticizing the leadership of the OAS that has not acted with impartiality and that diminishes its legitimacy”, He concluded.
What the Secretary General of the OAS said about the situation in Nicaragua
Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, urged the international community to continue pressuring President Daniel Ortega so that his country “resume the path of democracy.”
“The international community must strengthen its pressure mechanisms, those that are bilateral, those that are multilateral, those that have to do with financial organizations, and those that have to do with political multilateralism. We must continue working so that Nicaragua can resume the path of democracy, ”Almagro said.
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On November 19, Nicaragua announced its withdrawal from the body and accused the OAS of “interference.” It was after the 51st General Assembly passed a resolution claiming that the November 7 elections lacked “democratic legitimacy” and were neither free, nor fair, nor transparent.
To effect its departure, Nicaragua denounced the OAS Charter, the organization’s founding document signed in 1948. According to the organization’s regulations, any country that denounces the OAS Charter has to wait two years for the withdrawal to become effective.