ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES (OAS) VOTES TO ACTIVATE MUTUAL SELF-DEFENSE "RIO TREATY" OVER VENEZUELA

ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES (OAS) VOTES TO ACTIVATE MUTUAL SELF-DEFENSE "RIO TREATY" OVER VENEZUELA
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At the September 11 meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) the United States and eleven other nations voted activate the Treaty of Inter-American Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) commonly known as the "Rio Treaty" over the crisis with Venezuela. 

Also yesterday, Venezuela began deployment of 150,000 troops,  tanks, missile launchers and military aircraft to its 1400 mile border with Colombia.  Venezuela Dictator Nicholas Maduro told those troops "it is time to defend our Sovereignty."   

Suddenly, "war" appears on the world agenda . . . again.

The OAS meeting needed ten votes to activate the Rio Treaty; they got twelve votes, with five abstentions. 

The Rio Treaty (1947) was an agreement binding the republics of the Western Hemisphere together in a mutual defense system.  The central principle contained in its articles is that an attack against one is to be considered an attack against them all; this was known as the "hemispheric defense" doctrine. 

Also called the Rio Pact or the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, the treaty became effective on December 3, 1948, when two-thirds of the member states had ratified it. 

Countries that agreed to reactivate the Rio Pact

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Paraguay
  • United States
  • Venezuela

The move is the latest in a series of escalations between Venezuela, Colombia and the US, and followed a day after the beginning of Venezuelan military deployment near the border with Colombia.

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the start of military deployment on his country's border with Colombia to 'defend our sovereignty'.

Bolivarian National Armed Forces chiefs said yesterday they had begun mobilizing 150,000 troops on the border amid renewed tensions between Bogota and Caracas.

President Maduro ordered his army to deploy along the 1,400-mile (2,200-kilometer) border after accusing Colombia of plotting to spark a military conflict.

Tanks, missile carriers, aircraft and dozens of troops deployed around Garcia de Hevia International Airport in western Tachira state on Tuesday. A military band played as the vehicles filed out.  

Maduro wrote on Twitter yesterday: 'The moment has come to defend our sovereignty and national peace by deploying our defense resources in full force.' 

The massing of troops at the border drew US attention amid the rising friction between the South American neighbors and forced Washington to offer its support to Colombia. 

 

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    Doug Brown · 5 days ago
    And once again, the media in America omit any mention of this important development, i.e. OAS invokes RIO Treaty over Venezuela.
    So intent with Nadler's belches, the inane Pocahontus, silly inept Sparticus, the disgusting child abuser Joe Biden, rancid Bernie...so intent with impeachment, so intent with such stellar hatred of our President that.... nothing else is ever really covered.
    CNN and MSNBC sure keep the American people DUMB.
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      Paul Lambert · 5 days ago
      News media is all junk. Sure, some might be better than others, but it is just entertainment, not information. I have not actually consumed news (TV, radio, papers) in about 7 years. I find out things eventually from other people or sources, like this forum, and by then once all the hype has died down, matters can be considered more rationally.
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    BriteRed · 5 days ago
    Kinda sorta confused a bit here ........... Just WHAT is this barfing in the corner suppose to do ? .... it sure sounds like a neat "idea" .....but takes on more of a political pissing contest ...... AGAIN. Soooo EVERYONE signs into this thing and IMMEDIATELY .....ONE of the pissers decides they will set up for war ....RIGHT AWAY. . . . . . . WTF ............. THIS "declaration/proclaimation/flim flam/fart'o'gram" should have had SOMETHING in there about trying to terrorize and showing of their tiny little wanger as some big dick socialist.... period. Venezuela should have their ass kick out immediately . . . . . or all the signers jump on their ass and take away ALL their weapons . Waving their guns around in everyones face is NOT wise.....tends to piss others off ......one would THINK.
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      BriteRed · 5 days ago
      HEY , right ON ......Glad this got challenged .......Venezuela gov .... has become an arrogant bastard ..... kinda like some of OUR politicians ....
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    Doug Brown · 5 days ago
    A military band played as the vehicles filed out. Wow.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    The difficulty in keeping up:
    -----------------------------------------
    Taiwan/China
    Ukraine/ Russia
    Hezbollah/Israel/Hamas
    Turkey/Syria
    Texas/Mexico
    Boris Johnson/Brexit
    EU/NATO
    China/USA
    Russia/China
    Philippines/China
    Deviant Pope/suffering Church
    ANTIFA/American revolution
    Bibi Netanyahu/Elections Tuesday
    Trump/agenda driven media hatred
    Europe/unrestrained Islamic invasion via immigrants
    AND NOW
    OAS invokes RIO Treaty over Venezuela.
    It just gets better and better.
    Staying intellectually abreast is both increasingly a chore
    ...and increasingly odious.
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      Copperhead · 5 days ago
      All going to Hell in a handbasket.
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    Copperhead · 6 days ago
    How dare Venezuela act to defend itself from invasion!

    One point of confusion in the article - it shows that Venezuela agreed to reenact the RIO Pact against itself?
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      Eric In GA · 5 days ago
      Article said Venezuela was an original signatory of the Rio Pact. It did not say who were the 12 yes votes, or 5 Abstentions. Other than it saying the US and 11 others voted to activate the OAS alliance.
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        Copperhead · 5 days ago
        Reading comprehension 101 -

        "Countries that agreed to reactivate the Rio Pact
        Argentina
        Brazil
        Chile
        Colombia
        Dominican Republic
        El Salvador
        Guatemala
        Haiti
        Honduras
        Paraguay
        United States
        Venezuela"
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          Paul Lambert · 5 days ago
          That's the impression I got too. The label at the top of the list must be incorrect.
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        BriteRed · 5 days ago
        Yah..... .must have been the OLD Venezuela .....not this NEW socialist bastard gov.