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The Government came out to explain the Argentine vote in the OAS for Nicaragua with controversial arguments

2021-06-18T14:53:50.430Z

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the abstention from the condemnation of Daniel Ortega's regime was based on "the principle of non-intervention in internal matters."



06/15/2021 18:14

  • Clarín.com

  • Politics

Updated 06/15/2021 6:20 PM

The national government

came out to explain, with controversial arguments,

 the reasons for Argentina's controversial vote in the OAS, an entity that condemned the human rights violations in Nicaragua.

Through a statement, the Foreign Ministry, led by Felipe Solá,

reproduced

what Kirchnerist Carlos Raimundi, Argentine ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), had said hours before.

It is because the Permanent Council of that body condemned the arrests made by the Government of Daniel Ortega of 13 opposition leaders in the last two weeks.

Argentina was one of the

five countries that abstained

from voting on that declaration.

Now, in a joint statement with Mexico (another country that abstained), he "rejected" the arrest of opposition figures.

But he explained that his decision was due to the

"principle of non-intervention in internal affairs."

Thus, Argentina and Mexico

expressed "their concern"

about the situation in Nicaragua.

"Especially, due to the arrest of political figures of the opposition, whose revision would contribute to the Nicaraguan electoral process receiving the appropriate international recognition and accompaniment," the statement added.

After expressing his "rejection of this conduct," he

highlighted the recourse to the doctrine

of non-intervention in internal affairs.

"We do not agree with the countries that, far from supporting the normal development of democratic institutions, set aside the principle of non-intervention in internal affairs,

so dear to our history,

" says the official document released on Tuesday afternoon. .

Carlos Raimundi, Argentine ambassador to the OAS, was in charge of abstaining from voting for Nicaragua.

"Nor with the

intention of imposing guidelines

from the outside or of unduly prejudging the development of electoral processes," he adds.

And he concludes: "We are

convinced

that this situation will be

overcome by the Nicaraguans themselves

, safeguarding peaceful coexistence, the division of powers, respect for minorities, constitutional guarantees and, in general, full respect for all citizens. human rights".

The statement of the OAS Permanent Council, which had held extraordinary virtual sessions, condemned the arrest of presidential candidates and the restrictions imposed on political parties in Nicaragua and called for the immediate release of all political prisoners.

Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua.

Photo Zuma Press

26 countries were issued in favor.

In addition to Argentina and Mexico, Honduras, Belize and Dominica abstained.

And three spoke out against: Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Bolivia.


The full statement


The Argentine Republic and Mexico, committed to the respect and promotion of human rights from an integral conception within which civil, political and electoral rights are contained —in addition to the inalienable value of equality and economic and social rights—, express their concern about the recent events in Nicaragua.

Especially because of the arrest of political opposition figures, whose review would contribute to the Nicaraguan electoral process receiving appropriate international recognition and accompaniment.

We have witnessed, in several countries in the region, inadmissible cases of political persecution.

We reject this behavior.

We do not agree with the countries that, far from supporting the normal development of democratic institutions, neglect the principle of non-intervention in internal affairs, so dear to our history.

Nor with the intention of imposing guidelines from the outside or of unduly prejudging the development of electoral processes.

In this context, it was not possible for us to accompany the draft resolution put for consideration today at the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS).

It is imperative that the OAS return to the constructive spirit of its Charter.

We appreciate the negotiating efforts of some member states and make a new call to reestablish the inter-American dialogue.

We express our full willingness to collaborate constructively.

We are convinced that this situation will be overcome by the Nicaraguans themselves, safeguarding peaceful coexistence, the division of powers, respect for minorities, constitutional guarantees and, in general, full respect for all human rights.

.

The arrests in Nicaragua

.


The approval of the OAS document comes hours after the arrest of

Víctor Hugo Tinoco

.

The former vice chancellor is accused of inciting foreign interference, requesting military interventions and holding sanctions against members of Daniel Ortega's government.

He was the

13th opponent to be detained

since June 2.

Among them are presidential candidates for the November 7 elections.

They are the political scientist Félix Maradiaga, the economist Juan Sebastián Chamorro, the former diplomat Arturo Cruz, the journalist Cristiana Chamorro and now Pallais.

Cristiana Chamorro, Ortega's main electoral contender, was arrested on June 2 in Nicaragua.

Photo EFE

Chamorro

, a media director, is emerging as Ortega's main competitor.

She is also the daughter of former President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, a madatary between 1990 and 1997.

Among those detained are

figures with a Sandinista past

and a former ally of Ortega.

The opposition has been denouncing that the government is trying to obstruct it and eliminate the elections to ensure a third re-election for Ortega.

DS

Look also

Another controversial position: the Government avoided condemning Human Rights violations in Nicaragua

OAS Condemned Opposition Arrests in Nicaragua: How Countries Voted

Source: clarin

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