At the request of Lacalle Pou, Uruguay joined the countries that condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine before the OAS

The president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, in a file photograph (EFE/Federico Anfitti) (Federico Anfitti Federico Anfitti/)

In the last hours, the president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pouordered a change of position in relation to the last OAS meeting in which a document repudiating Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was agreed upon, and that its diplomatic representation did not accompany, as did Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

According to the Uruguayan newspaper El País, The president now asked to adhere “expressly to the letter of condemnation”. Lacalle Pou had already spoken out in relation to the conflict last week, when he rejected “actions contrary to international law and UN principles”, when the Russian president, Vladimir Putinordered the first attacks.

Last Friday, the twenty-four countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) they submitted a statement that strongly condemned the invasion”illegal, unjustified and unprovoked of Ukraine by Russia and called for the immediate withdrawal of the Russian military presence in the Eastern European country.

The statement, read by the Guatemalan ambassador to the OAS, Rita Claverie de Sciollialso called on Russia to immediately cease its hostilities and “return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy for the solution of controversies”.

Both Russia and Ukraine are countries permanent observers of the OAS. The countries that supported the declaration are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, United States, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela, which is represented in the OAS by officials close to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. During the meeting, Honduras also asked to join the declaration.

View of the plenary session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), in <a class=Washington (USA). File photo (EFE/Lenin Nolly)
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View of the plenary session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), in Washington (USA). File photo (EFE/Lenin Nolly) (EFEI0499/)

It says that the Russian military operation in Ukraine is contrary to the “principles of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the prohibition of the threat or use of force, and the peaceful resolution of disputes, which are enshrined in international law and in the Charter of the United Nations ”. It also calls on the parties to respect their international humanitarian law obligations, “particularly with regard to the protection of the civilian population and of those who do not participate in hostilities.”

Although Bolivia does not appear in the declaration, the ambassador of that nation to the OAS, Hector Enrique Arcesaid at the meeting that his country rejects violence, advocates a return to the negotiating table and calls for peace.

Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova welcomed Friday’s statement and meeting and called for allied countries to impose strong sanctions against Russia. She also called for the OAS to remove Russia’s permanent observer status. “We ask for justice at this time”, he said at the meeting.

A Russian official responded that there has been a “misinterpretation” of the situation in Ukraine and that the accusations against Russia are not justified. The official denounced “abuse and genocide” by Ukraine against civilians and Western support for such violence. “Our Western colleagues were covering for the Ukrainian regime, ignoring Ukrainian crimes against innocent civilians”said the official.

“The Russian federation could not remain indifferent to the militarization of Ukraine and its aggression,” the official said. “The actions of the Russian forces are not directed against the peaceful population. We are open to diplomacy.”

Russia’s offensive in Ukraine reached the outskirts of the capital on Friday after launching airstrikes on cities and military bases and entering the country from three sides in an invasion that could rewrite the post-Cold War global security order.

(With information from AP)

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