Opposition leader saddened by Venezuela crisis

Opposition leader saddened by Venezuela crisis

Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, asserting that he was saddened by events in Venezuela, feels there should be more of a coordinated regional response to the current crisis in that country.

However Pierre noted that there have been several changes of government in the Caribbean, including here in Saint Lucia.

Pierre’s Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), lost the June 6, 2016 general elections to the United Workers Party (UWP).

The opposition leader recalled that while in opposition the UWP questioned aspects of the then labour administration’s relationship with Venezuela.

“I don’t know how coordinated that approach can be because there have been changes,” the opposition leader told the Times.

Pierre said Venezuela has been a good friend to Saint Lucia, having done a lot for this country.

He noted ALBA funds had been used to build bridges here while Saint Lucian students were facilitated with study opportunities in Venezuela.

Pierre disclosed that prior to the June 6, 2016 general elections, the labour cabinet took a decision to bring the local students back home.

Twenty-two students who were studying in Venezuela are back here as a result.

“We are very sympathetic towards the situation in Venezuela and we hope that there is a resolution to the crisis,” Pierre explained.

Questioned about fears in relation to a possible refugee crisis that could be brought on by an exodus of Venezuelan nationals fleeing their country, Pierre felt that Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, which are closer to Venezuela could be affected.

However he said that the extent of such a problem is yet to be seen.

Venezuela has been plagued by severe food shortages, riots in the streets, and exploding inflation.

The head of the Organization of American States (OAS), has blamed President Nicolás Maduro’s government for the country’s humanitarian crisis.

Luis Almagro, addressing the permanent council of the 34-nation regional group, said Maduro’s government had violated basic democratic principles, which had altered the constitutional order of the country.

 

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8 Comments

  1. Yeah Right
    June 25, 2016 at 10:30 am Reply

    So that is why you did nothing?

  2. Justice
    June 25, 2016 at 11:57 am Reply

    Come on Pierre. When the crisis erupted you were in government.

    Never heard you or CARICOM say boo. You stayed mute as deputy prime minister of st. Lucia.

    Not surprised because you were also mute to lambirds and juffali

  3. Anonymous
    June 25, 2016 at 11:57 am Reply

    “Pierre said Venezuela has been a good friend to Saint Lucia, having done a lot for this country.
    He noted ALBA funds had been used to build bridges here while Saint Lucian students were facilitated with study opportunities in Venezuela.”

    Translation: “The money was flowing, why bite the hands that feed us? It’s not our problem that the Venezuelan people were suffering as a consequence.”

  4. Sad-But-True
    June 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm Reply

    I am also Pierre. I am considering sending a container of food supplies soon.

  5. JP williams
    June 25, 2016 at 7:29 pm Reply

    Concur with Pierre Venezuela has been a good friend to St.Lucia.
    A regional strategy would seem a practical approach.
    Silent so long but it seems you have made fine judgements on Venezuela and Brexit.
    Too long you have kept your light under the bushel, your loyalty to Kenny and your reluctance to seem divisive with the party.
    Time to show your leadership and statemanlike qualities.

  6. Anonymous
    June 25, 2016 at 10:16 pm Reply

    I will not bother to bring relevance to the utterances of Mr. Pierre. However, I wish to call on my people to come together so we can send a couple containers of food stuff to the people of this great nation even as we call upon it’s leaders to do what’s best for all the people of Venezuela. Long live the people of Venezuela.

  7. PS
    June 26, 2016 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Wasn’t Pierre among the late administration who said that our students were fine and there was nothing going wrong in Venezuela when the world told us better…just have a sit mister smdh

  8. Anonymous
    July 12, 2016 at 9:03 am Reply

    Pierre you only realize today that this country is in crisis smh sit the hell down. Now that you have moved your head from Kenny’s butt you can see clearly now. What did your administration do to help Venezuela.

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