Nicaragua expelled all representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS) in his country and accelerated his departure from the organization. In addition, the regime of Daniel Ortega described as a “calamitous, truculent and lying dependency of the State Department on Yankee imperialism”.
Although announced five months ago, the door slam was untimely. This Sunday, Foreign Minister Denis Moncada surprised with the departure advance of Nicaragua from the OAS, in a incendiary press conference that included disqualifications to the entity and praises to Cuba and Venezuela.
“We ratify our invariable decision to leave the OAS,” said the Nicaraguan government official, questioned for persecuting and imprisoning opponents.
On November 19, the Nicaraguan regime had already anticipated that it would leave the OAS, which ignored the election for a fourth consecutive term for Ortega. However, this Sunday he took another step in his stormy relationship with international organizations.
Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). Photo EFE
“By confirming our complaint and resignation irrevocable in the face of this calamitous, truculent and lying dependency of the State Department on Yankee imperialism, we also communicate that as of this date we no longer form part of all the deceitful mechanisms of this monstrosityMoncada said.
In this way, will cease to be part of the Permanent Council and the Summit of the Americas. He will not participate in the committees and meetings of the body either. It is a retreat “in absolute dignity,” according to the official.
In addition, Nicaraguan withdrew the credentials of his three representatives before the OAS and expelled the delegates of the entity in the country.
Unheard-of speech by the Nicaraguan foreign minister
“Nor will this infamous organism offices in our country. Your local office has been closed“said the official. “Nicaragua is not a colony of anyone, therefore is not part of a ministry of colonies“, added the Foreign Relations leader.
Foreign Minister Denis Moncada announced Nicaragua’s withdrawal from the Organization of American States (OAS), with an incendiary speech. Photo Capture
The foreign minister took the opportunity to ratify his “affection, respect and recognition” for two allies of the Ortega regime: Cuba and Venezuela, whom he called “heroic.”
And in one of the most sober sections of his message, he asserted: “We feel free from the repeated insolence of the employees of the Yankee State Department, who represent servility, lackeyism, surrender, decrepitude and the decline of a lackluster institutionality reduced by servitude to the Yankee”.
And he closed the reading of the document in tune with the pompous rhetoric of the regime: “Managua, April 24, 2022. Government of reconciliation and national unityFree Republic of Nicaragua”.
Episodes of a broken bond
The relationship between Nicaragua and the OAS finished breaking last November, when the body did not recognize as valid the presidential elections in which Daniel Ortega prevailed with the main candidates and opposition figures in jail.
The point of no return was confirmed with the announcement of the organization’s exit. According to the protocols, it should take place within a period of two years, a period in which the country would comply with the commitments that were still pending. The televised announcement this Sunday ended all official estimates.
Another episode sealed Ortega’s violent reaction. On March 23, the then permanent representative of Nicaragua in the OAS, Arturo McFields, surprised the Permanent Council by describe the regime as a “dictatorship” of Ortega and denounce the precarious conditions of the opponents behind bars.
In addition, he assured that the government killed more than 300 people during the 2018 protests, which led to the worst political crisis in the country’s recent history. The diplomat added that he could not continue to represent a regime that holds more than 170 “political prisoners” in prison.
“I cannot understand the government’s motives, but this withdrawal takes place one month after my speech to the OAS,” McFields told AFP after Sunday’s announcement.
The agency’s offices “have historically been in our country and were part of a historic process of pacification in Nicaragua. Offices that represent the peace agreements in Nicaragua have been closed. The government is closing a door to peace,” McFields said.
There were more difficult chapters in the past, since the OAS complained repeatedly about the conditions of Ortega’s political opponents and tried to monitor elections, as happened with the allegations of fraud in the 2016 elections, without obtaining results.
Although Luis Almagro (OAS Secretary General) and Ortega signed a commitment to change the electoral law and avoid electoral manipulation, the project fell on deaf ears amid the protests that broke out in April 2018 and that, according to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) left 355 dead due to the repression.
Given the magnitude of the repression, the Nicaraguan government closed the doors to the attempts of the Organization of American States to provide a solution to the crisis, alleging that it did not accept its “interference in internal affairs.”
And last December the OAS approved a resolution in which it affirmed that Nicaragua does not comply with the commitments of the Inter-American Democratic Charter and called for the restoration of democracy in the country. Eight countries abstained in the vote, including Bolivia and Argentina.