Venezuela and Cuba were shocked during the Selak summit in Mexico this Saturday, where the presidents of Paraguay and Uruguay questioned the democratic legitimacy of their colleagues Nicolas Maduro and Miguel Diaz-Colonel.
The friction at the meeting of the community of Latin American and Caribbean states (CELAC) began when Paraguayan President Mario Apto Pentes reaffirmed that Maduro was not recognized as President of Venezuela.
I say to the President of Paraguay: Put the date, place and hour for the debate on democracy in Paraguay, Venezuela and Latin America! (…) Location! Maduro responded before the closing meeting.
Paraguay severed ties with Caracas in 2019 after recognizing the opposition Juan Quito, who declared himself the interim president of the former oil power, which is embroiled in a serious crisis to displace millions of Venezuelans.
On his side, Uruguayan President Luiz Lacalle Poe, participating in the summit “with countries without full democracy” … they imprison the enemy. “
“We are serious about what’s happening in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela,” Lacalle told his colleagues.
The United States praised that hope. “Uruguayan President @LuisLacallePou says things like that,” Juan Gonzalez, Latin American President of the White House National Security Council, tweeted with a video of the speech.
In March 2020, the U.S. Justice Department charged Maduro with “drug terrorism,” drug trafficking and possession of a firearm, and paid $ 15 million to apprehend him.
– Mature, “Shorn” –
Quide thanked the presidents of Paraguay and Uruguay, who retweeted the video statements. “Maduro is frustrated and insulted for legitimacy in the CELAC: he has no recognition and will not,” he wrote.
The former parliamentarian has been recognized as the president in charge by fifty US-led countries, although Maduro maintains control of Venezuela with the support of the military, Cuba, Russia and China. The Savista leader was re-elected in questionable elections for the period 2019-2025.
Maduro called on the region to watch elections for governors and mayors on November 21, in which opposition parties are participating after a three-year boycott.
“Go on! …
After the meeting, the Colombian government declined to comment on Maduro’s statement, noting that the region “cannot tolerate the existence of dictatorial regimes (…) that threaten regional sovereignty by agreeing to corruption, drug trafficking and organized crime.”
Maduro, on the other hand, asked for “the support of all governments” for the dialogue with his representatives in Mexico against the Venezuelan opposition. “Venezuela’s one-way conversation.”
– “Bad taste in music” –
Theas-Colonel rejected Lacalle’s statements, citing his “ignorance of reality” and accusing him of imposing a “new liberal package” on Uruguay.
“Fortunately, in my country, the opposition has the democratic resources to complain. That’s the big difference in the Cuban regime,” Lockle read an excerpt from the song “Patria y Vida”, the anthem of the July demonstration in Cuba in which one died, dozens injured and hundreds of prisoners.
“President Lacalle seems to have a very bad taste in music. That song is a lie and a construction among some artists against the Cuban revolution,” Theas-Colonel said.
– Vaccines and Climate Change –
The final announcement of the summit called for “fair and equitable” access to vaccines against Govt-19 and to “democratize” their production.
“There are still countries that do not have vaccines; this is unjust and illegal (…) with the system,” Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebard said in his balance sheet.
The VI summit also supported the creation of a CELAC fund to respond to natural disasters caused by climate change, for which, according to Ephraim, $ 15 million has already been raised.
The 33-nation Selak is opposed to the organization of the US states, of which the United States and Canada are members, at the instigation of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and other left-wing leaders in 2011.