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  • OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro (R) speaks with Brazil

    OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro (R) speaks with Brazil's Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes, at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia. | Photo: Reuters

The head of the OAS has been criticized for targeting Venezuela while failing to condemn the parliamentary coup in Brazil.

The head of the Organization of American States, who has been criticized for his interventionist attacks on Venezuela, met with Brazil's foreign minister Monday as he continues to seek to apply the organization's so-called "Democratic Charter" against Caracas due to the economic and political crisis in the country. 

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As the right-wing opposition in the country continues to organize violent protests in Caracas, both OAS chief Luis Almagro and Brazilian Foreign Minister foreign minister  Aloysio Nunes called on Venezuela to hold elections and urged the international community to raise diplomatic pressure on the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

"Our agreement with Brazil on the Venezuelan issue could not be greater," said Almagro after the meeting at Itamaraty Palace.

Almagro said after the meeting that the only solution to the country's crisis was to call for elections.

"For reasons of regional stability, Venezuela needs a legitimate government," said Almagro.

As Brazil deals with its own massive corruption and political scandals, it has tried to keep a low profile during the crisis. This is the strongest statements so far from a diplomatic figure in Brazil.

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"We must insist on the urgency of confirming the electoral calendar in Venezuela," said Nunes to reporters. "Brazil supports an honest and effective international political dialogue to guarantee the complete restoration of democracy."

Presidential elections in Venezuela are scheduled to take place in 2018, but have not been officially confirmed, due to the internal conflicts and the opposition's violent marches.

The meeting comes as Almagro continues efforts to invoke the organization's "Democratic Charter" against Venezuela, which would trigger the country's suspension from the bloc.

Almagro has attracted criticism over the past year for fixating on Venezuela while turning a blind eye to other concerning political and human rights situation in Latin America, including violations linked to the war on drugs in Mexico, the parliamentary coup against Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, and other issues.


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