Murillo ignores widespread condemnation of OAS delegations for theft of their offices

Ortega demands that the OAS vacate the expropriated building “immediately”

The dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo demanded that the administrative officers of the Managua headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) vacate “immediately” the building where the offices of the regional organization were located, which was expropriated by the regime since last Sunday, April 24 and made official yesterday, April 27, through Administrative Agreement No. 10-2022 of the Attorney General’s Office.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates to you that all the goods, equipment, furniture owned by the OAS, which still remain in those facilities, already declared of public utility by decree of the Attorney General’s Office, and therefore belonging to the Nicaraguan State, these facilities, we repeat, must be immediately vacated and handed over to the State Attorney General’s Office,” indicates a statement from the Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry.

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“We demand immediate compliance with this sovereign provision of the Nicaraguan institutions,” he adds.

The former Nicaraguan ambassador to the OAS, Arturo McFields, criticized the demand of the Ortega-Murillo dictatorship and said that this decision is “angry and furious against the OAS after defeat in the Permanent Council and sends an ultimatum to leave the headquarters they rent in Managua . He forgets that he is committed “Pacta sunt servanda” to respect the diplomatic headquarters ».

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, indicated that the confiscation of the organization’s headquarters in Managua “is a dangerous precedent” and asked “to act now if we do not want others to be harmed tomorrow.”

He stated that the de facto confiscation of the facilities, documents and assets of the headquarters of the continental organization is a “morally reprehensible action, legally regrettable and even more regrettable, the attitudes of the regime against its people.”

Almagro pointed out that the Managua regime “decided to expropriate the offices of the OAS building that occupied part of it, illegally entering an office protected by immunities and illegitimately expropriating a property as a purported sanction to the OAS when that building is of our property. The OAS only leases part of it.”

The head of the OAS affirmed that not even the worst dictators in the Americas, including the Somozas, “never took measures like this.” In addition, what happens with its offices in Managua sets a precedent that “if tolerated can lead to the worst abuses of any international organization or diplomatic headquarters.”

The members of the OAS Permanent Council denounced that the Ortega regime “reached the extreme, there are no limits in the country” because they did not respect the “diplomatic sanctity” of the organization’s headquarters that was expropriated.

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