The government of Mexico decided to reject the presidency of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), considering that the appropriate conditions do not exist to exercise the position.
Through a letter delivered to the Deputy General Secretariat, headed by Ambassador Néstor Méndez (Belize), Mexico declined the assignment that corresponds to it by rotation.
In accordance with the statute of the Permanent Council of the OAS, the presidency of this body shall be exercised successively by the titular representatives in accordance with the alphabetical order of the names in Spanish of the respective countries.
Periods start automatically on the first day of each quarter, according to the calendar.
Therefore, Mexico would have the presidency of the OAS Permanent Council between January 1 and March 31, 2021.
“The Permanent Mission of Mexico to the Organization of American States has the honor to address the Assistant General Secretariat of the Organization of American States and refer to the exercise of the presidency of the Permanent Council of the organization corresponding to Mexico from 1 January to March 31, 2021.
“In this regard, the Permanent Mission of Mexico informs that the government of Mexico has decided not to exercise the presidency of this body, since it considers that the conditions within the organization that allow it to perform this function do not exist. Likewise, it has the honor of requesting that this information be circulated among the Permanent Missions of the Member States of the Organization, ”Mexico stated in the note delivered on December 21.
The Mexican government has not had a good relationship with the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, who has questioned his positions in the face of internal political conflicts such as those in Venezuela and Bolivia.
The reelection of Luis Almagro in the General Secretariat of the OAS occurred amid different questions and positions, such as the Mexican one, that the process was not carried out, since the spread of Covid-19 was beginning to be experienced in the world [marzo de 2020].
The election happened and Luis Almagro had a comfortable victory over the Ecuadorian María Fernanda Espinosa, whom Mexico had supported.
Mexico, through its permanent representative to the OAS, Luz Elena Baños, accused Almagro of acting as a member state and not as a facilitator. He also questioned the reelection, considering that it was not correct.