Maduro slams OAS, hails Colombian peace

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on June 24 in Caracas once again emphasized his country’s sovereignty, right after the Organization of American States (OAS) failed a day ago to reach a consensus for its membership suspension from the regional bloc.

(Soundbite) Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela
“Venezuela belongs to us Venezuelans. We never allow others to try to turn Venezuela into a protectorate. We will not be tutored or monitored either by the OAS. We will never allow this country fall into the clutches of neo-colonialism.”

Meanwhile, he highlighted Venezuela’s support for the peace process of Colombia, whose government and major rebel force reached a definitive ceasefire agreement one day ago in Havana.

(Soundbite) Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela
“Soon there begins a new era of peace, prosperity, and national reconciliation in our sister country Colombia. Colombia’s peace is our peace. It is the peace of America. President Santos will continue to have the full support of the Bolivarian Revolution, Commander Chavez and the government over which I preside constitutionally.”

Maduro made the speech while commemorating the Bolivarian Army Day and the 195th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo.

The battle on June 24, 1821 was a decisive victory for Venezuela to win its independence from Spanish colonialist.

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