Foreign ministers of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America issued a joint statement Wednesday repeating their support for democratic institutions, dialogue and peace in Venezuela.
As they were meeting in Caracas for the fifth extraordinary session of the political council of the organization, the state officials condemned the attempt by Luis Almagro, General Secretary of Organization of American States, to apply the Democratic Charter against Venezuela's government as “illegitimate”.
Almagro's move could lead to the suspension of the Caribbean country from the inter-American organization.
The communique reaffirmed “the necessity of fully respecting the unalienable right of each State to choose its political, economic, social and cultural system,” while welcoming President Nicolas Maduro's initiative to launch a national dialogue with the opposition, with the mediation of the Union of South American Nations.
Finally, the member states urged their counterparts at the OAS to watch that the Secretary General properly apply the specific norms that dictate his function.
They also condemned the interference of the European Parliament, as it adopted on Wednesday a resolution criticizing the Venezuelan government.
The statement comes less than a week after the OAS’s Permanent Council unanimously adopted a resolution opposing intervention, denying Almagro's position, and encouraging dialogue between lawmakers in Venezuela.
Leaders from the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable, which currently holds a majority in Venezuela's National Assembly, had asked Almagro to impose charter measure against Venezuela, prompting swift rebuke within the country and around the region.
Venezuela is currently suffering from one of its worst political and economic crises, fueled largely by a steep decline in oil prices coupled with speculation, hoarding and other actions that Venezuelan leaders call an "economic war".
In the midst of this, the MUD has been adamant in its call for Maduro's ouster, with some leaders invoking the potential for a coup.