OAS Considers Role in Venezuela
Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2002
By Ian James
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados –– Nearly two months after a coup that briefly unseated Venezuela's president, the Organization of American States has offered to help the country in any way needed to ease political tensions and strengthen its democracy.
Venezuela didn't immediately accept the offer, which was included in a declaration adopted Tuesday at the close of the annual OAS General Assembly in Barbados. But Venezuelan officials said they were pleased because the open-ended pledge of assistance respects the country's sovereignty. MORE