Mexico ratifies at OAS rejection of “unacceptable” economic, financial sanctions

The Government of the United Mexican States ratified on Wednesday its strong rejection of the illegal, economic, financial unilateral coercive measures implemented as a means of pressure against sovereign States.

“The biggest victims are always those most in need. This is one of the reasons, among many, why they are unacceptable,” complained Mexican Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean, Maximiliano Reyes Zúñiga, in his statement at the 50th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The diplomat reaffirmed Mexico, a country holding the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), defends the principles of non-intervention, self-determination of the peoples, peaceful solution of controversies, respect for and promotion of human rights.

“Mexico has expressed on different occasions its desire that the peoples of Nicaragua and Venezuela find a peaceful, democratic solution to the situation in their countries, preserving their legitimate right to decide their fate,” stressed Reyes Zúñiga.

The Mexican representative also reiterated his country’s strong opposition to any measure seeking to exclude any OAS member state from political dialogue.

Venezuela officially withdrew from the OAS in April 2019 after condemning the OAS Charter according to Article 143.

OAS indifference to COVIC-19

Regarding the propagation of COVID-19, Reyes Zúñiga expressed his concern about the OAS indifference to the pandemic.

“We note with concern the lack of concrete actions by the Secretary General’s Office during this sanitary emergency, a total indifference,” he stressed.

The Mexican undersecretary reiterated that the OAS Secretary General’s Office must act within its own institutional framework and abandon any statement on behalf of membership.

“The member States, not the Secretary General’s office, are the ones to decide the course of this Organization,” he remarked.

Mexico’s representative condemned the tendency to exceed the technical nature of the OAS electoral observation missions, which led to terrible consequences in 2019 when the OAS Secretary General’s Office “used the observation mission for partisan purposes to prematurely condemn an alleged fraud that never existed.”