President Daniel Ortega said in an interview with the US journalist Max Blumenthal that Nicaragua will continue “battling in the OAS” and added that for his government it is “essential” to seek new markets in the face of the advance of laws in the United States that would sanction the Sandinista administration.
“I see that, even with the weakening of the OAS, we have to keep fighting, there is a space that is there, we have to fight,” Ortega said, after being asked about a possible withdrawal of Nicaragua from the organization. international.
Ortega offered the interview to Blumenthal on July 25, but it was released on Monday (August 6).
On August 2, the OAS agreed to create a working group to help find a solution to the crisis in Nicaragua, but the Ortega government said it would prevent them from entering this country.
On the other hand, before the question of Blumenthal if Ortega will look to Russia and China as partners, the president responded that it is “essential” to look for new markets.
It is necessary to “look for more spaces so that the Nicaraguan economy can be sustained”.
Watch my interview w/ Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, one of his first in 11 years and among his most candid. We discussed the US-backed coup attempt he’s just overcome, the factors behind it, and the fallout from the violence. https://t.co/ZRaq7fphgD via @GrayzoneProject
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) July 31, 2018
On the future of the national dialogue, and specifically the relationship with the bishops, who act as mediators between the government and the Civic Alliance, Ortega maintained that some religious supported the opponents.
“In the dialogue there have been bishops who have broken with their role as mediators. Because from the day that the dialogue was installed, some of them taking the floor and giving full support to the opposition, at that time they were taking away the authority of the Commission, another bishop using Twitter to send a message against the government, are damaging the credibility of the Episcopal Conference as mediators of the dialogue. The Episcopal Conference suffered due to the attitudes of bishops,” said Ortega.
Then, he added that he shares some positions with Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, with whom he said he hopes to meet again.
During the interview, Ortega reiterated that, in his opinion, the protests against him sought a coup d’état, something that has been denied by the Civic Alliance, made up of university students, businessmen, peasant movement and civil society.