Antiguan Ambassador Points to Coersion in OAS Maduro Vote

Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States, OAS, Sir Ronald Sanders, says many countries were coerced into supporting the recent OAS resolution not to recognize Nicolas Maduro as President of Venezuela.

Antigua and Barbuda was one of eight countries that abstained. Nineteen countries, including Jamaica, supported the resolution.

While six voted against, and one country was absent. Sir Ronald says he and other diplomats received diplomatic notes demanding they support the resolution.

Speaking at a press conference on January 14, Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, denied that the country was pressured into supporting the resolution.

Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, addressing a press conference last week.

However, Sir Ronald is criticizing recent OAS decisions, describing them as being made by the “tyranny of 18”, referring to the number of countries that make up a majority in the 35-member organization.

Sir Ronald Sanders was speaking on Nationwide This Morning.

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