The Obama administration is being criticized across Latin America for instituting new sanctions against Venezuela and declaring the country an “unusual and extraordinary threat to national security.” Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says the U.S. has it backward.
It’s been almost a year since the coup that ousted leftist leader Manuel Zelaya in Honduras, but disagreement over the legitimacy of the new government there continues as leaders of the Organization of American States gather in Peru.
In a press conference before a meeting of Latin and Caribbean countries in Cancun, Mexico, Evo Morales proposed a new Organization of American States “without empire” that would remove Canada and the U.S. from the organization’s roster.
Little has been done to undo the coup d’etat that rocked Honduras over a month ago. Now, the Organization of American States, hoping for new elections and the return of President Manuel Zelaya, is sending a delegation to the country to try to negotiate an end to the crisis.
The Organization of American States lifted its 47-year suspension of Cuba on Wednesday, on the condition that Havana undergo democratic reforms in line with OAS principles. Cuba, however, has rejected re-entry, declaring, “Before returning to the OAS, the North and South Seas will join and a serpent will be born from an eagle’s egg.”