Antigua and Barbuda forces vote on Juan Guaido’s agent at the OAS


The Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the Organization of American States (OAS) today forced a vote at the Permanent Council of the Organization concerning the representation of the spokesperson for Juan Guaidó who is recognised by only 50 countries globally as the ‘Interim President” of Venezuela.


Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador, Sir Ronald Sanders, said that Juan Guaidó’s agent was “foisted on the OAS in 2019 by a bare majority of 18 countries even though he is spokesperson for only one political party in Venezuela”.


In a formal note to the Chair of the Permanent Council, Ambassador Sanders said, “Allowing the views and positions of only one political party to be expressed in any forum of the OAS is contrary to natural justice and democratic principles since it denies a similar opportunity to other political parties in opposition and government in Venezuela”.


The Ambassador said that in calling for a vote, “Antigua and Barbuda was standing up for democratic principles and the Charter of the OAS which some appear to have sacrificed on the altar of narrow political objectives that questions the credibility of the OAS”.


“When the vote was taken, only 17 legitimate country representatives, along with Guaidó’s agent. voted in favour of him making a presentation to the Council. This means there was not even a basic majority of 18 countries anymore”, Ambassador Sanders said.


CARICOM countries were divided on the vote.  Bahamas, Haiti and Jamaica voted with Guaido’s agent while Antigua and Barbuda and St Vincent and the Grenadines voted against.  Seven CARICOM countries abstained and two were absent.  Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua also did not vote with Guaido’s agent.


Venezuela formally withdrew from the OAS in 2019, having given 2 years notice in keeping with the rules of the Charter of the Organization.   Since then, the OAS has been divided over the seating of Juan Guaido’s representative who has no authority to speak for act on behalf of the government or other political parties in Venezuela.

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  1. A divided CARICOM. I wonder why we keep fooling ourselves that this idea would one day work. Its always each for his own. No untity whatsoever. And they have no shame these leaders. Just look how Europe is dealing with England. They stand as one. I think it has to do with being black. Cause Africa is also divided. And what a power they would have been if they ever would unite. All the world’s wealth is in that continent. You name it Africa has it. Gold, Silver, Diamonds, Oil, Gas food.

    • So are you saying people can’t be independent in their thinking and therefore vote by their own conviction and not just be followers. Let the countries do what they think is in their best interest.

      • There is a saying their is strenght in UNITY. Why you think the world is creating blocks of trades and other like minded institution. If you touch one Nato country you have touched all.
        If you owe the PARIS club you owe ALL. Why you think CARICOM was created to speak with one voice on certain issues. As we can see we cannot speak at one voice not even as we stand for the independence of Cuba and now Venezuela who are friendly countries in the region. When Caricom some together and makes a statement on matters like these they should try to speak as one. This is also demonstrated when we vote in forums such as Commonwealth, and even in sporting bodies such as Cricket, Football. There is strenght in UNITY. But if we remain shortsighted we will perish individually anyway.

  2. And who cares about Ron Singh? Shouldn’t he be using his position to try to find ways to help our economy rather than telling us about Juan Guaido? Will his vast knowledge about Juan Guaido bring relief to our pensioners?
    Shouldn’t he be trying to heal the wound he caused with his For Your Eyes Only memo which sought to disenfranchise native born Antiguans? I wonder if he thinks we have forgotten that?
    And by the way, WHY IS THIS MAN STILL BURIED SO DEEP IN OUR BUSINESS? When was the last time he was in Antigua? Besides, does he think we have forgotten him?
    The Red People need to hear the Caribarena tapes on what he wanted to happen to Papa Bird to make room for Lester. HOW DO WE END UP WITH THESE LAME DUCKS AND SCOUNDRELS?

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