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Ibero-American Leaders Ask OAS Secretary General to Oversee Cuban Transition to Democracy

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This Monday, a group of 200 Ibero-American leaders sent a public message to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, in which they support “in the most categorical manner” his recent statements on the crisis in Cuba.

The document, signed by senators, deputies, active and retired officials, political leaders, human rights defenders, intellectuals, writers, editors, prelates, artists, journalists, university professors, and spokespersons of various NGOs, states that Almagro is right when he says “it is essential that the (Cuban) dictatorship falls”, and proposes a plan of action to achieve this end.

In this sense, they ask the OAS Secretary General to lead “a regional initiative to support the suffering people of Cuba and to bring about a change in that sister nation, so that it can recover democracy and freedoms and finally be reinstated as a full member of the OAS”.

The initiative was also endorsed by El American’s Co-Editor-in-Chief, Orlando Avendaño.

The role of Secretary General Luis Almagro and the OAS

The Ibero-American leaders state in the text: “For decades, the Cuban tyranny has excused itself from complying with the mandates of the Inter-American system, arguing that it does not belong to the OAS. However, the Organization of American States is much more than a diplomatic structure governed by certain agreements and resolutions. The OAS embodies a set of universal values and principles that must be complied with by all the nations of the world, whether or not they belong to that multilateral organization.”

Among the signatories of the statement in favor of Almagro are the former president of Costa Rica, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez; the Colombian senator, María Fernanda Cabal; the MEP, Hermann Tertsch; the Venezuelan leader, María Corina Machado; the Bolivian senator, Centa Rek; the Chilean senator Felipe Kast; the Ecuadorian deputy, Juan Fernando Flores; the Mexican deputies, Juan Carlos Romero Hicks and Marco Adame Castillo; in addition to 40 other active parliamentarians.