‘Rio Treaty’ Nations to Cooperate on Sanctions on Venezuela’s Maduro

Western Hemisphere nations voted Monday to employ a regional treaty to impose sanctions against embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, accusing his regime of criminal activity including drug trafficking and money laundering, The Wall Street Journal reported. In a meeting convened by the Organization of American States, 16 of the 19 states party to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, a 1947 pact known as the Rio Treaty, backed using the pact to collaborate on law-enforcement operations and economic sanctions against Mr. Maduro and his associates. Only Uruguay opposed the resolution, while Trinidad and Tobago abstained and Cuba was absent. A senior State Department official earlier had expressed confidence that the resolution would secure the requisite 13 votes for passage. Read more

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