The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States will hold a session this Wednesday “to address the situation in Cuba.” In 2022 it will be sixty years since the OAS’s expulsion from the island under pressure from the United States and despite the fact that Barack Obama had initiated an operation with Havana to slowly return the island to the body, the tension remains unresolved.
Clarion He asked at the Foreign Ministry what position Argentina is going to take on Wednesday in the face of the debate over Cuba. They pointed out that when the time comes they will do it because like Venezuela and Nicaragua, “Cuba is not the government’s agenda, but the one that the media seeks to impose. They affirm: “Our agenda is CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States), vaccines, and the assumption of Pedro Castillo, in Peru”, where Alberto Fernández and Felipe Solá will be between Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28.
The region today grapples with its strong ideological divisions, and the weakness of governments because they are all mired in health and economic crises. In this context, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua are the exponents of a convulsed region. In those countries the The opposition managed to make itself heard in recent times, but it is being harshly silenced by the totalitarian regimes that have ruled them for years. The repression of the revolts in Cuba on July 11 and the imprisonment of political party leaders in Nicaragua are the closest example.
It is in this area that the Government exhibits its own internal and contradictions. To begin with, because the President’s diplomacy exhibits a tougher position and a claim before the United Nations for the human rights violations of Chavismo in Venezuela and Sandinismo in Nicaragua, and another of abstention when the text is almost the same but within within the OAS.
With the OAS, the Government closes and turns a blind eye to human rights violations with the excuse that it is foreign interference. It considers them resolutions promoted by Washington and by the secretary general of the American organization Luis Almagro. And also on the low side, he considers that the repression in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua is the same as the one that happened in Colombia and Chile.
For his part, Joe Biden he asks, but does not show that he is pressuring Buenos Aires on foreign policy. Even so, the course of its link with Latin America continues the strategy of Donald Trump and is far from what Kirchnerism imagined.
Much of this mechanism towards Caracas and Havana – in the Nicaraguan case, the summoned ambassador in Managua will not be reinstated until Daniel Ortega issues a signal for dialogue – It has to do with the affective and economic relationship that Vice President Cristina Kirchner established with Chavismo, on the one hand, and with the Castros on the other. To this must be added that his daughter Florencia was protected and treated in Havana when her health required assistance and privacy.
Other aspects add to this question. In foreign policy, the President decided to ally himself with the Mexican Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The historic alliance with Brazil was broken. It is a point in which half of the responsibility is taken by Jair Bolsonaro who also stresses with Argentina.
López Obrador is proposing to dynamite the OAS so as not to be more “lackeys” of the United States. Alberto Fernández follows the script in silence, but to the letter. Mexicans and Bolivians have been working for Argentina to preside over CELAC, that Latin American and Caribbean body that AMLO imagines as a counterweight to the United States’ OAS.