The OAS called the Venezuelan referendum illegal

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The General Secretariat of the OAS, led by Luis Almagro, called this Thursday “illegal and illegitimate” the Essequibo referendum called by the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.

The office in a statement criticized the “aggressive posture” of the Venezuelan government towards Guyana and assured that the growing tension between the two countries gives a “concern for the security of the region” and threatens the “stability and territorial sovereignty” of the continent.

The referendum, in which the majority of citizens who participated voted in favor of joining Essequibo in Venezuela, represents “once again” an “undemocratic use of democratic processes” on the part of Maduro, the statement said.

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“The recent actions taken by the Venezuelan Regime not only endanger the development and stability of Guyana, but also place broader security risks in Latin America and the Caribbean” criticized the leadership of the OAS.

In turn, Almagro asked the Permanent Council of the organization to convene an extraordinary meeting to “discuss possible measures to alleviate” tension between two South American countries.

The government of Venezuela, which submitted a formal request to leave the OAS in 2017, has no representation in the organization.

Last Sunday, Venezuela held a consultative referendum, which was initiated by the government of Nicolás Maduro and received the support of voters in the Essequibo region. 160,000 square kilometers of forests full of resources.

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Disputes over boundary limits began with the Paris Arbitration Award of October 3, 1899, which granted territorial sovereignty to then British Guyana. The resolution has been criticized by Venezuela before the UN since 1962.