Chavez Hints at Ditching OAS to Form Cuba Partnership

Nations eye alternative regional group
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2009 5:58 AM CDT
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez waves upon his arrival in Quito last week for a two-day visit to Ecuador.    (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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(Newser) – Venezuela would jump at the chance to join Cuba as an Organization of American States outcast, reports the AP. The never-shy Hugo Chavez claims the OAS, which suspended Cuba in 1962, serves US interests and says the two countries could form an alternative regional group. Cuba's foreign minister agreed, calling for Latin America and Caribbean states to form a body that "serves our people rather than the Empire."