Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, reiterating Saint Lucia’s security concerns in relation to the situation in Venezuela, has disclosed that he has asked that authorities here look at imposing visa restrictions on Venezuelans visiting this country.
“I don’t think that we should make it any easier than the logistics already have for Venezuelans to come here,” Chastanet told reporters Monday during a pre-cabinet news conference.
He announced that he has asked the ministry of immigration to prepare a document for cabinet to consider in relation to the visa restrictions.
“Barring any impediment, we will impose it,” the prime minister asserted.
He said he remained ‘deeply concerned’ about the security threat to Saint Lucia and the region from the Venezuela situation.
“If in fact the government is continuing to struggle to maintain law and order in Venezuela – we have seen an increase in the production of drugs coming out of Colombia – people are short of cash and therefore people are bringing drugs and bringing arms to sell in Saint Lucia and other Caribbean Islands,” Chastanet observed.
However he reiterated Saint Lucia’s position against foreign intervention in Venezuela.
United States President, Donald Trump, said on Friday that he would not rule out a ‘military option’ to quell the chaos in the South American country.
“Saint Lucia has always been in the position that we would not support any foreign intervention in Venezuela whether by the United States or anybody else – inside this hemisphere or outside this hemisphere,” Chastanet told reporters.
“I had a long talk with my Ambassador and my Minister of Foreign Affairs – I think that as a hemisphere we have failed,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister declared.
He asserted that the failure was in respect of not establishing very clear parameters on solving problems in the region, with the result that continuously situations like the one in Venezuela arise and finding a solution poses a problem.