The United States asked the OAS to take measures "to demand democratic change" in Nicaragua.


"The most important thing is that there is a forceful response from the international community so that any undemocratic actor is marginalized," declared the person in charge of Latin American affairs at the National Security Council of the White House.

On Tuesday, the United States asked the Organization of American States (OAS) to take measures to demand a democratic change in Nicaragua a day before the executive body of the regional bloc addresses the issue.

Juan González, in charge of Latin American affairs in the National Security Council of the White House, called for going beyond the "condemnation and concern" already expressed about what is happening in the Central American country.

"There must be clear action by the governments of the region to demand a democratic change," he told senior Joe Biden government official at the opening of the 25th annual conference of the Andean Development Corporation (CAF).

González assured that the United States "certainly" will increase the economic and political pressure on the Daniel Ortega regime, which Washington accuses of authoritarianism and repression of opponents.

But he considered that "The most important thing is that there is a forceful response from the international community so that any undemocratic actor, and in particular Nicaragua, is marginalized as it should. That is more effective than unilateral sanctions".

Since June, 37 opponents have been detained in Nicaragua, including seven presidential hopefuls for the November 7 elections. Ortega, in power since 2007, is seeking a fourth consecutive term.

At the request of Canada and Chile, the 34 active members of the OAS Permanent Council are summoned to analyze the political crisis in Nicaragua on Wednesday during a virtual session. González said he was "optimistic" about the approval of an instrument on the subject.

The United States sponsors, along with Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Uruguay, a resolution that calls for the "immediate" release of all those detained for political reasons and urges "vehemently" the Ortega government to carry out the necessary reforms to hold "free, fair and transparent" elections.

The text warns that the OAS may take "other actions by the Charter of the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Democratic Charter, including an assessment of the elections" in Nicaragua, during the next annual assembly of the OAS, which will be held. In Guatemala from November 10 to 13.

The Ortega regime "categorically" rejected this "illegitimate" meeting at the OAS. The Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "the decision of other independent peoples not to openly violate the principle of the people's right to self-determination and not to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations." Is unacceptable.

In early October, a dozen U.S. Democratic and Republican senators called on Biden's government to approve Ortega and declare the next election illegal. They also called for evaluating Nicaragua's suspension from the OAS and reviewing its participation in the Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Central America, and the Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR).