The Venezuelan ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Samuel Moncada says that the United States is using the organization to continually isolate and attack his country.
During today’s OAS session in Washington, D.C. to discuss Venezuela, Moncado defended his government in front of meeting members saying that the United States attacks the South American country "coercing" other governments and the international media to isolate Venezuela. Since February the U.S. government has upped its economic, resource and diplomatic embargo on Venezuela with the hopes to dismantle the Nicolas Maduro administration.
Moncado said that the OAS is trying to create an unstable scenario in Venezuela and incite a new wave of violence in the lead up to the May 20 presidential elections that Maduro is seems poised to win.
The diplomat said that Venezuela is being framed by the United States as having a humanitarian crisis, but that Washington is maintaining a blockade of US$1,200 million from getting into Venezuela limiting the government from being able to pay for medicines and vaccines.
"The imperialist North American (governments) are provoking a military coup and committing a crime of placing financial restrictions on Venezuela," Moncado said. He ended his speech in front of the OAS by saying, "If you think you can squash the Venezuelan government you’re delusional."
Earlier this month the U.S. Department of State released a report accusing Venezuela of human rights abuses to which the Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza posted a communique on social media saying that the United States government has no moral authority to make such accusations.
Arreaza stated, "the manipulation of the United States of America's regime on the subject of human rights with the sole objective of promoting the campaign of aggression and delegitimization of the national powers to justify its policy of 'change of government'."