By Carlos Sánchez Berzaín*
Luis Almagro’s greatest contribution to the Organization of American States (OAS) is its return to its principles and standards. His fight against dictatorships has made him Castrochavism’s enemy and objective who seek to remove him from the General Secretariat. Cuba’s dictatorship -albeit not an official member of the OAS- leads the anti-Almagro operation along with Venezuela and Nicaragua’s dictatorships, with the active participation of Argentina and Mexico, some Caribbean countries and an apparent “quid pro quo” maneuver with Canada whose vote to destabilize the OAS would be gotten in exchange for Cuba’s assistance to ensure Canada’s non-permanent position in the United Nations Security Council.
It would seem unbelievable for Canada to be aligned with Cuba and Venezuela’s dictatorships in their dictatorial strategy of substituting Almagro since it is one of the countries that most firmly participates in, and goes along with, Venezuela’s fight against the Castroist Chavist dictatorship, a country that has acknowledged President Juan Guaido and has accredited Venezuelan interim government’s Ambassador, a country that has endorsed actions and reports over Venezuela’s situation and that has imposed sanctions against the usurping regime. Nevertheless, it is considerate with Cuba’s dictatorship.
Cuba’s regime handles an important syndicate of votes at the United Nations Organization (UN). This power increased with Venezuela’s servitude to Cuba, which in-turn placed the Cuban dictatorship in a situation to exert Latin America’s political leadership. The votes that Cuba clusters, and traffics with at the UN, enables it to negotiate nominations such as for a non-permanent member of the Security Council where they have already established the presence of Castroist Chavist Venezuela and of Evo Morales’ dictatorial Bolivia. This would be the bargaining chip that Cuba offers up to Canada in exchange for an anti-Almagro vote.
In order to elect the OAS General Secretary at the forthcoming assembly this coming 20th of March, 18 out of the 34 votes of active member-states are needed, because Cuba has not been reinstated. Candidates in the running are Mr. Luis Almagro, Mrs. Maria Fernanda Espinoza the three-time former Minister of Rafael Correa in Ecuador, and Mr. Hugo de Zela a Peruvian diplomat. Cuba’s dictatorship in-control of Nicaragua is pursuing the backing of Mrs. Espinoza’s candidacy with the open help of Fernandez/Kirchner’s Argentina and Lopez-Obrador’s Mexico, along with the Caribbean’s Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The axis of confrontation in the election of General Secretary of OAS 2020 is clearly established between democracy against dictatorships. It is a dispute between the two Americas, the democratic one and the Transnational Organized Crime’s dictatorial other. The fight between defenders of human rights and the rule of law against impunity, crime, torture, political persecution, imprisonment and exile.
The upcoming election is a dispute between principles and freedom’s fundamental values, democracy and the respect for human rights upon which the existence of member-states, and the very own OAS are based upon, against the indefinite perpetuation in power and impunity through violence, transnational organized crime that promotes and sustains terrorism, guerrillas, and the destabilization of democracies that take nations to misery, humanitarian crises, that turned Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia with Morales and Ecuador with Correa into narco-states, promoting narcotics’ trafficking as an instrument in their anti-imperialist fight.
This is the Castro Chavism that will attempt to regain control of the OAS this coming 20th of March -removing Almagro- in order to protect the agonizing dictatorships from Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, conspiring against Ecuador and Bolivia’s liberation efforts, and continue destabilizing the region. This is why it is painful to see the role of democratic governments such as of Argentina and Mexico who, with Fernandez/Kirchner and Lopez-Obrador, ashamed their nations by their servitude to Cuba’s dictatorship. Regrettable is also the fact that some Caribbean countries remain in the shamefully known logic of favor-catching (better known as bribery) in exchange for their votes.
So, it is in this context the “QUID PRO QUO” the “something in exchange for something” between Cuba and Canada and Canada’s vote against Almagro at the OAS in exchange for Canada to be nominated as a non-permanent member of the UN’s Security Council is hopefully only a lie and a baseless rumor. It is all about the Canadian nation and government’s principles and values of freedom and democracy that have nothing to do with the organized crime that leads Cuba.
*Attorney & Political Scientist. Director of the Interamerican Institute for Democracy.
IS CUBA’S QUID PRO QUO FOR CANADA AIMED TO DESTABILIZE THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES?
By Carlos Sánchez Berzaín*