This coun­try was among six states which ab­sent­ed them­selves from Wednes­day’s vote by the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Amer­i­can States (OAS) which con­demned Venezuela’s re­cent elec­tions as fraud­u­lent.

But an OAS af­fil­i­ate body that same day is­sued a res­o­lu­tion re­gard­ing T&T on the re­cent de­por­ta­tion of six Venezue­lan chil­dren from here.

The res­o­lu­tion was is­sued by the In­ter Amer­i­can Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights (IACHR) which acts as a con­sul­ta­tive body to the OAS on pro­mo­tion of re­spect for and de­fence of hu­man rights in the re­gion. The IACHR’s res­o­lu­tion grant­ed pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to the six chil­dren – and not­ed ac­tions and words by T&T’s au­thor­i­ties on their de­por­ta­tion.

On Wednes­day, the OAS’s Per­ma­nent Coun­cil ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion re­ject­ing Venezuela’s par­lia­men­tary elec­tions last week­end where op­po­si­tion par­ties boy­cotted, protest­ing al­leged­ly rigged polls .The Maduro ad­min­is­tra­tion re­mains in pow­er via ma­jor­i­ty votes.

The OAS’s res­o­lu­tion against the elec­tion, stat­ed it was im­por­tant “to recog­nise the fraud­u­lent elec­tions as the lat­est act in the play book of the Maduro regime to un­der­mine and ul­ti­mate­ly de­stroy democ­ra­cy in Venezuela,”

The US Mis­sion to the OAS web­site, which re­port­ed the US ‘ strong state­ments against the Venezue­lan elec­tions , stat­ed T&T as well as five oth­er states weren’t present for the vote .

Vot­ing for the res­o­lu­tion were Ba­hamas, Brazil, Cana­da, Chile, Colom­bia, Cos­ta Ri­ca, the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic, Ecuador, El Sal­vador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Hon­duras, Ja­maica, Pana­ma, Paraguay, Pe­ru, St Lu­cia, Uruguay, the US and a Venezue­lan Op­po­si­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Bo­livia and Mex­i­co were against . Ar­genti­na, Bar­ba­dos, Be­lize, Saint Kitts/Nevis, and Suri­name ab­stained – and ab­sent were T&T, An­tigua and Bar­bu­da, Do­mini­ca, Grena­da, Nicaragua and St Vin­cent/ Grenadines.

For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Amery Browne on Wednes­day night con­firmed T&T was ab­sent :

“We joined with a range of mem­ber states in not at­tend­ing due to the im­prop­er con­ven­ing of that par­tic­u­lar meet­ing. T&T shared the po­si­tion that that par­tic­u­lar meet­ing was im­prop­er­ly con­vened,”

Browne cit­ed the fact that An­tigua’s mis­sion to the OAS had in­formed the OAS on Tues­day that An­tigua has stat­ed at sev­er­al pre­vi­ous OAS meet­ings it doesn’t recog­nise Juan Guai­do as the pur­port­ed “in­ter­im pres­i­dent” of Venezuela and con­sid­ers any rep­re­sen­ta­tive of him at OAS’ s Coun­cil to be ul­tra vires OAS’s char­ter and rules.

An­tigua’s let­ter , which Guardian Me­dia saw , stat­ed An­tigua doesn’t recog­nise Venezuela as an OAS mem­ber state since Venezuela ceased be­ing an OAS mem­ber in 2017 . There­fore no re­quest for a meet­ing of the OAS Per­ma­nent Coun­cil by any pur­port­ed Venezue­lan rep­re­sen­ta­tive is ad­mis­si­ble.

An­tigua stat­ed, in the cir­cum­stances it would not have par­tic­i­pat­ed in a Wednes­day’s OAS meet­ing “which we con­sid­ered to be im­prop­er­ly sum­moned.”

An­tigua asked the OAS to cir­cu­late its let­ter to all mem­ber states and OAS’s sec­re­tary gen­er­al

Browne told Guardian Me­dia, “We share (An­tigua’s) view and po­si­tion.”

An AA web­site re­port­ed that “tra­di­tion­al al­lies of the Venezue­lan gov­ern­ment such as Nicaragua, An­tigua/Bar­bu­da ab­sent­ed them­selves to protest the OAS meet­ing which they said was im­prop­er­ly” con­vened.

Source: Guardian T&T