External Affairs Minister, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun has expressed the view that solutions to the current situation in Venezuela need to be found ‘in house’ within the region.
Flood-Beaubrun said Saint Lucia has been at the forefront of encouraging dialogue on Venezuela within the region to see how the issues facing the country can be resolved.
“That will be a key topic at the OAS General Assembly meeting that comes up next month,” the minister explained.
She said that there will be an opportunity for the member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to get together to talk about the issues.
“There are times when we need to put our heads together to talk and to come up with solutions,” the minister said.
She explained that when persons are suffering, inaction is not an option.
According to Flood-Beaubrun, it is important that there is not ‘interference’ but dialogue and cooperation so that in the ‘ideal’ situation countries can find solutions ‘within themselves.’
She declared that there is urgent need for the situation in Venezuela to be resolved.
The minister said Saint Lucia has serious concerns about what is happening in the Spanish-speaking South American country.
She spoke of concerns about human rights issues, security and the implications for democracy.
This amid amid reports that Venezuela is sinking deeper into crisis with high inflation, food shortages and deadly protests.