The first stone was thrown a week ago by Andrés Manuel López. The President of Mexico requested the replacement of the Organization of American States by a new body represented by all the states of Latin America and the Caribbean. A body, he said, that resembles the European Union and that he is no longer a “lackey” (sic) of the United States.
He said it on Saturday 24, the same day that his foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, treated Felipe Solá as king in Mexico City during the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
That day, Solá held more than ten interviews as reported by his spokesperson. And in all of them there was a majority and initial support for Argentina to preside over CELAC from January.
There is in this history of repeated confrontations between Argentina and Mexico with the United States, the OAS and its Secretary General, Luis Almagro, a fact that is repeated.
The organism effectively drags a long crisis. He is not remembered resolving a single conflict decades ago, although his organs are useful for vulnerable situations.
The personalism with which Almagro wears it deepens that crisis. Fernández and López Obrador blame Almagro – paradoxically the government of Cristina Kirchner fervently supported in her first election – being behind what they call the coup against Evo Morales in 2019.
Last week he wanted the OAS Permanent Council to address the situation in Cuba and a group of countries, among which was Argentina, they blocked The initiative. Most turned a blind eye to the repression in Cuba and demanded that the United States end the embargo on the island.
Other countries blamed Almagro’s predecessor, the Chilean José Miguel Insulza, for being soft with Chavismo at a time when dialogue or international pressure could have prevented the humanitarian and institutional disaster in which Venezuela finds itself.
Fernández had never complied, as he did on Friday, with López Obrador’s wishes to replace the OAS with another body. Perhaps they are the dreams of Kirchnerism to revive a part of what was the Union of South American Nations. Sure, this time without Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro left CELAC.
The problem once again is that the Mexicans play for the convenience of the north or the south. And they have already left Fernández and his diplomacy several times “paying”.
It is worth remembering, when Gustavo Béliz sought to preside over the Inter-American Development Bank, and at the last moment López Obrador avoided playing “ugly” to Trump, whom he also visited the Republican when Alberto Fernández was looking for the same thing. The second time was recently when the two from Beliz, Christian Asinelli, competed for the presidency of CAF, the Development Bank of Latin America. As the Argentine did not get more votes than the Colombian, the Mexicans dropped before the end. Now they want to enthuse Fernández’s Argentina to weaken the OAS.