Brazil’s representation officially assumed the presidency of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States today in a solemn and simple act that could change the direction of decisions on Venezuela and other regional issues that are taken in the meetings of The Member States.
The Brazilian Ambassador to the organization, José Luiz Machado e Costa, received the appointment from the Bolivian Foreign Minister, Diego Pary Rodríguez, who has presided over the Council since April 1.
Pary had announced three months ago, when he was beginning his leadership, that he would review the efforts made by Secretary General Luis Almagro, who, in his opinion, had a plan to “assault Venezuela” and pointed out that the Caracas report presented by Uruguayan “falsifies reality”. Since then, the OAS has not advanced in the series of scheduled hearings and meetings with the objective of finding a solution to the general crisis that the country is experiencing.
Contrary to his Bolivian counterpart, in the opinion of the representative of Brazil, “the democratic order in Venezuela was broken a long time ago”. At the last meeting in Cancún, which culminated without an agreement yet again; he said that, alone or accompanied, Brazil will not fail the Venezuelan people.
Machado e Costa has maintained a critical and tough position of the Venezuelan government in recent years, much more in tune with Almagro, a fierce defender of rights and democracy in Venezuela. So much so that shortly after receiving the office, both leaders had a private meeting to discuss the agenda of the Permanent Council of the OAS, and the “serious situation” in the South American country, according to a message sent by the secretary general in his social networks.
Brazil is part of the group of 14 Member States that has increased pressure on the Venezuelan government, including Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United States, Uruguay and Belize.
Almagro requested yesterday to convene an urgent special session of the Permanent Council of the agency on “recent events” in the country, which could occur in the coming days with the new appointment of Machado.