PM: Venezuela situation creating security problem

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet has asserted that for Saint Lucia and some of the countries of the Southern Caribbean, the current situation in Venezuela is creating a security problem.

“There seems to be an increase in money laundering, drug trafficking, arms – and this is a concern that we have,” Chastanet told reporters Monday during a pre-cabinet interview.

He explained that from the standpoint of democracy and human rights, Saint Lucia would like to see the situation in Venezuela settled.

The Prime Minister expressed the view that the Venezuelans themselves should come up with that settlement.

However he noted that as the problem continues unabated and seems to be deteriorating, the threat of security becomes even greater.

“There needs to be some involvement now,” Chastanet observed.

“There is a group of three ex-presidents as well as the Vatican –  we are encouraging both the opposition and also the government to meet and continue the dialogue that had begun,” he stated.

“Clearly the opposition has indicated that they would like to see its leader freed from jail and some of the political prisoners freed from jail before they re-commence conversation and I think that is the attempt being made here,” the Prime Minister told reporters.

Chastanet raised the question of what qualifies as ‘interference.’

“Is it left by itself to resolve or do we believe that we have to have outside influence?” He asked.

According to the Prime Minister,’unfortunately’ some of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states which have benefitted from PETROCARIBE and ALBA, may not be perceived as ‘neutral arbitrators’ by the opposition.

Chastanet declared that as a result, it would be difficult to find people who would be acceptable to both sides in Venezuela.

“It is a very difficult situation and one in which Saint Lucia is not playing a lead role visibly,” he said.

However Chastanet told reporters that Saint Lucia’s Ambassador in Washington has been trying to bridge the gap.

Nevertheless  he observed that there are differing view within CARICOM with some believing that there should be absolutely no interference, while others believe there have been some egregious actions taken by the current government that need to be resolved.

” Saint Lucia  clearly sides with democracy. We believe that closing down of the  the congress was wrong and the assembly and would like to see that reinstated,”  the Prime Minister told reporters.

He noted that there are people calling for elections in Venezuela – a matter  which Chastanet felt has to be determined internally.




  1. Anonymous
    June 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    its a shame the rich in there country taking advantage on the people. We can’t do nothing . Just watch hour bread there not far. The President can’t do this alone this is the rich squeeze king the poor.

  2. not only now
    June 19, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Money laundering will always exist no matter how much screening is done. The financing of terrorism will never stop because the filthy rich of major corporations will always try to ensure the money flows to their benefit. Money laundering isnt always about theft or drugs.

  3. Curious
    June 19, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    All sitting governments must stop fooling around and work in the interest of their people and country. The idea of politicians working for themselves or in interest of their name or ego is now exposed naked and being rejected by people the world over.

    Look a the situations in the America, France, Britain South Korea, Brazil where the people are coming out and expressing their disgust with main stream status quo politicians.

    I am yet to understand how a country which was is so oil rich, continues to give its money to all and sundry including some in CARICOM, obviously trying to play father figure, YET has its own people suffering, hungry and lining up for basic food items, eating out of garbage bins, sickly with massive shortages or no medicines and a country internally in turmoil. That cannot be right for its citizens.

  4. Anonymous
    June 19, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Say it as it is you American poodle. There is a silent coup taking place in Venezuela and the country’s natural resources is the coveted thing by the outside interest. The duration of this protest tells me there is outside finance supporting it otherwise it would not be so unrelenting – reminds me of Midan in the Ukraine. Continue to dream on Chastanet. You would be advised to take care of IMPACS before meddling in Venezuela’s internal affairs. Traitor!

  5. Anonymous
    June 21, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Mr P.M. ST Lucia is slowly turning into Venezuela without the oil under your watch.

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