Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued a statement following the announcement that the Organization of American States (OAS) has begun the process of invoking the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, also known as the Rio Treaty, in support of the restoration of democratic order and the rule of law in Venezuela. The measure comes following Interim President’s Juan Guaidó’s request that the democratically elected National Assembly approve Venezuela’s return to the Inter-American Treaty.
“As Maduro and his illegitimate narco-terrorist regime continue to threaten regional democratic order, stability, and prosperity, I welcome the OAS’s intention to invoke the Rio Treaty to counter the Maduro regime’s menace. It is time for all of the democracies in the region to stand in support of the Venezuelan people and denounce any attack by the Maduro regime as an attack against all members. I applaud the leadership of U.S. Ambassador to the OAS Carlos Trujillo and Venezuelan Ambassador to the OAS Gustavo Tarre Briceño, who have tirelessly worked in support of the cause of freedom from tyranny in Venezuela.”
Rubio is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues.