Venezuela snubs regional powers as more die in unrest

The announcement late Wednesday raised international tension over Venezuela, where unrest has left 28 people dead this month.

Venezuela snubs regional powers as more die in unrest

World Bulletin / News Desk

Venezuela says it is quitting the Organization of American States in anger at pressure from the bloc over the government's handling of a deadly political crisis.

Echoed by the United States and European Union, the OAS has led an international chorus of concern over the economic and political chaos in the major oil-exporting country.

Bristling at the pressure, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said late Wednesday the government would launch a two-year process to pull out of the Washington-based regional diplomatic grouping.

On Thursday, "we will present a letter of complaint to the OAS and we will begin a process that will take 24 months," she said in a televised address.

She branded the OAS an "interventionist coalition" led by Washington.

A defiant President Nicolas Maduro tweeted "I'm calling for the people's civic-military unity in this battle for independence and peace for our country."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Nisan 2017, 11:59