Thursday, February 27, 2020

Caribbean Foreign Ministers Hold Talks With Venezuela’s Opposition Leader

CMC:– Caribbean Community (CARICOM) foreign ministers on Saturday met with Venezuela’s Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó, who has declared himself the interim president of the South American country.

The meeting took place in Barbados and while Guaidó was not physically present, he joined the deliberations by video conferencing. Two members of his delegation, were however present for the talks that were also attended by Canadian High Commissioner to Barbados, Marie Legault, who has a long career in international diplomacy.

She is reported to have attended the talks as a member of the Lima Group that has opposed President Nicolas Maduro’s second term as president and voted on a resolution at the Organisation of American States (OAS) to that effect in January.

At least four Caribbean countries, St Lucia, Bahamas, Jamaica and Haiti sided with the Lima Group and last Friday met with United States President Donald Trump to further discuss the Venezuelan situation.

Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith, her Trinidad and Tobago counterpart, Dennis Moses, as well as the CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, and the St. Kitts-Nevis Foreign Affairs Minister Mark Brantley attended the Bridgetown talks.

St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris is the current chairman of the 15-member regional grouping.
CARICOM leaders at their inter-sessional summit in St Kitts-Nevis last month had reiterated their position of non-interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela and said they were prepared to mediate in the process to bring about a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

In a message posted on his Twitter page Guaidó, who has the backing of the United States, Canada and several other western countries in his bid to unseat President Nicolas Maduro, said the talks were mainly an opportunity for him “to express his views on the situation in Venezuela and to discuss the way forward”.

He also reiterated the “very strong relationship” between Caracas and the 15-member CARICOM grouping.

Informed sources told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that a similar meeting is being planned with Maduro and his delegation and that the talks could take place as early as this week. No venue has yet been given for that round of discussions.

The sources said that CARICOM will issue a statement regarding the deliberations held with Guaidó on Saturday.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Lets listen to all parties,and get them to call for clean elections,were we can all supervice the process

  2. Hope many of you learnt something at the meeting,at least to justify your salary.most of you dont know the culture,and the invironment much less the language.Do your best,go back in history to 1955,and avoid the same mistakes that were done in those days.

  3. And to follow up a real foreign minister’s “frank” and “serious” diplomacy, here’s how his country backs it up:
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51322.htm

    Here’s how one commenter reacted:
    “Suddenly everything has changed in Venezuela.

    For his part, Abrams sounded as if he had emerged from the meeting after having been given a severe reprimand.

    “No, we did not come to a meeting of minds, but I think the talks were positive in the sense that both sides emerged with a better understanding of the other’s views,” he told reporters.

    “A better understanding of the other’s views,” means that the American side was given a red line to back off.

    So, the Russian Army advanced party has arrived today, 99 in an Il-62 and goodness knows what in an An-124 on a direct flight from Syria.

    And now, according to journalist Javier I. Mayorca, Colonel General Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of the Main Staff of the Ground Forces – First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces of Russia, arrived in Venezuela.

    So we have one of the most significant Russian Generals now in Venezuela with his staff and protection teams with their equipment coming out the back of the Antonov; and I think we can be certain that there is no beachware included.

    This is looking more like the start up of Russian ops in Syria. This is the ‘what do you need, how can we help’ team.

    This could be Venezuela transforming from a hedgehog into a porcupine.”

  4. Shame that the Russians have landed in Venezuela,comunism has no morals or ethics,Putin just invades and end of the story,they came from the other end of the world to South America,to impose the laws of the guns.And here we dum people quarreling semantics and listening to comunist idiots,We shall be next,and we will still be quarreling.instead of picking up the guns and protecting our freedom.When that day comes the chickens will run

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