Friday, June 02, 2017

Mexico seeks resolution on Venezuelan crisis.

via Reuters.
Mexico said on Friday that it will push for the Organization of American States (OAS) at an upcoming meeting to call for an end to violence in Venezuela and for a peaceful resolution to a recent wave of protests that has left over 60 people dead.

"The OAS resolution on Venezuela should indicate our concern about the cancellation of elections, lack of respect for the National Assembly, the existence of political prisoners, the use of military courts to try civilians," Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

With international pressure mounting on President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government, foreign ministers from the 34-nation OAS bloc met in Washington on Wednesday to debate the situation in Venezuela.

The meeting was adjourned after the Bahamas representative on behalf of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) proposed the meeting be suspended and that permanent representatives of the OAS meet again to continue to flesh out proposals.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry said it "will work to generate a resolution that will achieve enough votes, at least 24 votes in favor of the 34 member states," when the OAS holds its general assembly on June 19-21 in Mexico's Caribbean resort city of Cancun.

The Foreign Ministry said the resolution should call "for an end to violence and for the parties to solve the conflict via dialogue."
Two months of protests against Maduro's government, as opposition supporters demand elections, freedom for jailed activists, and foreign humanitarian aid, have convulsed the South American OPEC nation.
The hook has been laid for foreign intervention into Venezuela.  Opposition calling for "humanitarian aid"?

That's the clarion call for military action to "protect"...if I recall correctly the UN states that member nations have a duty to "responsibility to protect" that could loosely apply to the situation here.

via Wikipedia.
 The Responsibility to Protect (R2P or RtoP) is a global political commitment which was endorsed by all member states of the United Nations at the 2005 World Summit to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
I don't know the answer to the issues in Venezuela, but this R2P is worrying. How broadly can it be applied?  If gay marriage did not become law could a nation declare that they had a right to invade the US under R2P to aid gays that they viewed as being discriminated against?  The same thinking could apply to a whole host of issues.

Murky, fuzzy, ill defined, feel good statutes like this will be the downfall of the UN. Thankfully its a super bureaucracy.  It absorbs an enormous amount of money but fortunately does very little.  Here's hoping they don't become more "efficient"!

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