The Organization of American States (OAS) has condemned “in the strongest terms” the “occupation” of that institution’s offices in Managua and expressed concern about violations of the inviolability and protection of diplomatic missions following the severing of relations between the government of Daniel Ortega .
“We welcome the resolution for Nicaragua to return use of the confiscated premises to the OAS. Never, not even in the worst moments of our history, has anything like this happened to any of the OAS offices common to all American states.” its Secretary General, Luis Almagro, has stated on his official Twitter profile.
In its written resolution, the organization denounced “the violation of the integrity of the organization’s archives” and insisted that “the immunity of its assets in Nicaragua be fully respected”.
“The government of Nicaragua is responsible for any breach of its international legal obligations (…) it demands that the use of the organization’s confiscated premises be restored immediately,” he added.
As reported by the newspaper “La Prensa”, the resolution was adopted by 29 member states, with the abstention of Honduras, El Salvador, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the absence of Bolivia and the participating country Nicaragua.
In late April, Nicaraguan authorities ordered the withdrawal of its representatives from the OAS and the closure of the Managua headquarters of an organization whose activities they consider “catastrophic, brutal and mendacious” and linked to “Yankee imperialism,” the State Department said.
For the office headed by Luis Almagro, it is “a violation of the most elementary international standards.” He recalled that although Nicaragua had terminated the OAS Charter, it would not be possible until the end of 2023.
After the November 7, 2021 elections, amid allegations of fraud and criticism of the government’s repression of the opposition, the OAS passed a resolution declaring the elections “illegitimate” and exposing the political divisions of the continent.
According to the resolution, the presidential elections in Nicaragua “were not free, fair or transparent and have no democratic legitimacy”. The document goes on to say that the Nicaraguan authorities ignored all of the organization’s recommendations.