OAS to meet on Guyana’s electoral crisis today

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Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS

The Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS) will meet today to discuss the ongoing political crisis in Guyana whereby the APNU/AFC Coalition is refusing to accept defeat in the March 2 elections.

The meeting will be held at 18:30 local time.

The Permanent Council is one of two main political bodies of the OAS, the other being the General Assembly.

The Permanent Council keeps vigilance over the maintenance of friendly relations among the member states and, for that purpose, effectively assists them in the peaceful settlement of their disputes.

In one of his columns for the Caribbean Media Service, Sir Ronald Sanders, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States and the OAS, has warned that Guyana is in grave danger of being ostracised in the regional, hemispheric and global communities.

The OAS has only ever suspended two members – Cuba in 1962 and Honduras in 2009 – although Honduras was subsequently reinstated.

However, in 2018 the OAS had adopted a resolution against Venezuela which sought to admonish the embattled Spanish speaking country for human rights violations. There had even been calls for Venezuela to be suspended from the Organisation.

Already, top government officials have been slapped with visa restrictions by the USA for undermining democracy in Guyana.