OAS head issues historic apology for 1965 invasion
Santo Domingo.- The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, condemned the 1965 United States-led invasion of the Dominican Republic, which was carried out in the name of the OAS, saying it had “twisted the country’s political destiny”. On behalf of the OAS, he also expressed solidarity with the relatives of the people who lost their lives in April 1965.
“The OAS must take a stance to prevent the events of the past from being repeated. The OAS deplores the invasion that cost so many lives.
“It is important to take historic responsibilities… not in reparation for the past but for the sake of future generations,” said Almagro.
This is why, he stated, the OAS deplores the actions of the organization that validated the intervention in the Dominican Republic in 1965.
On April 28th 1965, US troops invaded the country to prevent the victory of constitutionalist forces led by Colonel Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó, who were fighting in defense of the 1963 constitution and the restoration of president Juan Bosch to power.
The invasion was supported by the OAS, which set up the Inter-American Peace Force, which was little more than a front for justifying the unilateral actions of the United States, which invaded the Dominican Republic for the second time in the 20th century.
Thousands of Dominicans lost their lives in the invasion. This is the first time that the OAS has expressed regret for this episode.
Almagro was speaking during the celebration of the second General Assembly and World Conference of the Association of World Electoral Bodies (AWEB), which opened today at the Dominican Fiesta Hotel in Santo Domingo, headed by the president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, Minister of Foreign Relations Andrés Navarro, Senate president Cristina Lizardo, as well as international guests.
August 18, 2015
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