Minister of State in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Pearnel Charles Jr. says reports that Jamaica voted to suspend Venezuela from the Organisation of American State (OAS) are false.

In a statement today, Minister Charles says at no point was a resolution tabled to suspend any member of the OAS.

According to the statement, the OAS resolution speaks only to resolving the situation in Venezuela.

According to Minister Charles, Jamaica has called for open dialogue with Venezuela, not suspension.

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He says the vote that took place at the OAS General Assembly was on article 20.

Article 20 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter calls for member states to ‘undertake a collective assessment of the situation and to take such decisions as it deems appropriate’.

Article 21 says if ‘there has been an unconstitutional interruption of the democratic order of a member state’ then a two-thirds majority vote will lead to suspension.

But, Mr. Charles say Article 21 wouldn’t necessarily immediately follow Article 20.

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