Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez (center) stated that the Venezuelan people support the country’s decision to withdraw from the OAS. Photo: Foreign Ministry of Venezuela.

Caracas.- “April 26, 2017: a day of dignity and independence, I have taken the giant step to break with imperialist interventionism,” President Nicolás Maduro tweeted, referring to Venezuela’s decision to withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS).

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez announced that the country would begin the process to withdraw from the organization during a press conference in Caracas, and reiterated that the people of Venezuela “have never surrendered… have always resisted and emerged victorious against imperialist powers.”

As reported by AVN, Rodríguez stressed that Venezuela’s decision to leave the group was taken in defense of the country’s peace and stability.

She also clarified that a minority faction within the OAS seeks to endorse an intervention in the South American nation through the activation of mechanisms which have had sham results and violate the international body’s own rules.

The Foreign Minister also referred to the wide ranging support Venezuela has received from social movements across the world and governments who, aware of the campaign being waged against President Nicolás Maduro, have expressed their support for the decision to withdraw.  

“Many friends of the government have called to support Venezuela’s decision... We know that this project, this historic force is not alone, it has never been alone,” she stated.

In this regard, Bolivian President Evo Morales criticized the interventionist policies of OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro.

“Luis Almagro is destroying the OAS, submissive to the U.S. empire with its interventionist policies,” Morales tweeted.

He warned that Almagro is promoting violence and conflict in the South American country, instead of favoring dialogue and reconciliation.

His aim, Morales stressed, is to seek to justify a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, with the aim of seizing its natural resources, especially its oil.