The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) will be meeting on Wednesday, February 12 at its headquarters in Washington to receive the candidates for Secretary General.
The incumbent Secretary General, Luis Almagro has held that position since May 2015.
He was sworn in with his promise that he would work with all the countries of the region “without exception” and expressed his conviction that “it is time to put an end to unnecessary fragmentations.
Dominica as an OAS member will have a say in who heads the organisation and Hon Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Kenneth Darroux made it clear that Almagro is not the island’s pick.
“We saw the stance that the OAS took as it relates to their direct involvement in our [general] elections. The current secretary general has shown openly that he is not a fan of ours. We will more than likely not go that way,” Dr Darroux says, “So we are left with the two other candidates.”
Of the two however, he did not seem favourable to Peru’s pick, Hugo de Zela.
We have to look at the standard that Peru has taken traditionally. Peru has taken a pro-western stance especially as it pertains to their position on Venezuela. They recognize Juan Guaido as president. That would give a clue as to whether we would be willing to go down that route.”
Dr Darroux says Dominica is not a fair whether friend; indicating that its relationship with Nicolas Maduro, successor of Hugo Chavez, will be honored.
“We have to show our friends, especially those who have been there for us, that we are also there for them,” he insists.
The other candidates are Hugo de Zela of Peru and Ecuador’s María Fernanda Espinosa.
On Wednesday, they will present to the council their proposals and initiatives to lead the organization during the 2020-2025 period.