Orlando Tardencilla takes up the regime's confrontational stance at the OAS

Orlando Tardencilla takes up the regime’s confrontational stance at the OAS

The new Nicaraguan ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), José Orlando Tardencilla, repeated the confrontational speech that the Daniel Ortega regime has maintained against that international forum, calling it an “instrument of aggression” by the United States, during the presentation of his credentials this Friday, April 8

Tardencilla was appointed as the country’s representative on March 30, according to a presidential agreement published on April 4 in the Official Gazette, replacing Francisco Campbell Hooker, who held the position for a few days after the rebellion of former ambassador Arturo McFields Yescas, who called the government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo a “dictatorship” in a session of the OAS Permanent Council, an unprecedented action.

In her speech, Tardencilla assured that the OAS “lent and mortgaged its nature as an organ of American integration of expression to become a complacent instrument that justified, promoted, and even carried out infamous acts against various peoples of our continent, thus moving away from its main task of to be an organization that enforces and respects the principles of international law, mainly, of sovereign equality, independence, and self-determination”.

He added that the OAS does not have authorization to “intervene in matters of the internal jurisdiction of the member states.” And he reiterated the independence and sovereignty of Nicaragua. “Our government exercises its action based on the commitments made with the people, through the instruments of consultation and direct participation of the communities,” said Tardencilla in defense of Ortega’s management, which has been questioned by the international community due to the violations of human rights and the electoral process of 2021 without political competition.

For his part, the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, thanked Tardencilla for his presence and pointed out the urgent need to resolve the political crisis in Nicaragua.

“We want to make clear the imperative need to strengthen the institutions in Nicaragua in order to agree on a way out towards the establishment of a full democracy,” Almagro said, according to an OAS publication.

Arthur McFields

Before this same forum, on March 23, the then ambassador and journalist, Arturo McFields, denounced the abuses of the Ortega regime against the civilian population in 2018, and recognized the more than 170 Ortega political prisoners.

“I take the floor on behalf of the thousands of public servants at all levels, civil and military, of those who are forced by the Nicaraguan regime to pretend, to fill vacancies and repeat slogans, because if they don’t they lose their jobs. Denouncing the dictatorship of my country is not easy, but continuing to remain silent and defending the indefensible is impossible, ”said McFields in his speech.

This Friday, from his Twitter account, McFields questioned the position of the OAS when receiving the new representative of the regime, and remaining silent in the face of the abuses committed by the Ortega-Murillos in 2018 and the political prisoners.

“OEA receives guerrilla Orlando Tardencilla today, Friday, with a red carpet. Forgetting the 181 political prisoners, 355 deaths and 170,000 exiles. The democracies of Latin America cannot be silent. The bad guys win when the good guys keep quiet,” he tweeted.

The footprint of April 2018

Tardencilla recalled the struggle of the Sandinista Front since the Revolution in 1979 and more recently, in 2018, when the regime claimed to be the victim of a failed coup in an attempt to make invisible the killing of more than 350 people who went out to protest in the streets. from the country.

He assured that they have defeated the “army of the media (of communication), networks, roadblocks, violent assassins and groups embedded in the agencies of the US Government, relying on the complicity of puppet governments in Europe and Latin America, imposing sanctions, unilateral blockades and multiple extortion measures,” he said.

Last March, Tardencilla was appointed to the position of “adviser minister to the president of the republic for international policies and relations.” He previously served as Minister Counselor with consular functions at the Embassy in Geneva, Switzerland. He had been placed in office on December 15, 2021, although by March 7, 2022 he was removed.

In June 2021, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada Colindres proposed Tardencilla for the position of secretary general of the Central American Integration System (SICA), but he was rejected due to his lack of experience in international politics.

Tardencilla, a former Sandinista guerrilla, has also been a deputy of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) three times in the National Assembly: from 1985 to 1990, and two continuous periods between 1997 and 2007. Since 2012 he has held a seat in the Central American Parliament (Parlacen ).

He also belonged to the Camino Cristiano Nicaragüense (CCN) party and founded the Alternativa por el Cambio party, which has been allied with the Sandinistas since 2011.

Tardencilla, a lawyer by profession who fought against the Somoza dictatorship in 1979, joined the then Salvadoran guerrilla Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) in 1980 and was arrested in that country a year later.

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