Friday, November 15, 2019

CARICOM Delegation To Hold Talks With US On Venezuela

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) delegation will meet with the United States Secretary of State, Michael R Pompeo on Wednesday for talks aimed at reaching a settlement on the ongoing economic and political situation in Venezuela, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has said.

Rowley, who attended the 30th CARICOM Inter-sessional summit in St Kitts-Nevis earlier this week, said that the regional leaders had received communication from Washington acceding to their request for a meeting on the issue.

“We consider this to be a step in the right direction and CARICOM has mandated that the diplomatic team…should accept the invitation and travel to Washington to have the meeting with Secretary of State Pompeo on Wednesday,” Rowley said.

The CARICOM diplomatic team is led by its chairman and St Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris and includes the Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Rowley and the CARICOM Secretary general, Irwin La Rocque.

CARICOM has maintained its position of non-interference in the internal affairs of the South American country where Opposition Leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself interim president, is leading the effort to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office.

While Guadio has the backing of the US and several other Western countries, Maduro, who was sworn in January, is backed by Russia, China, Cuba and several others.

CARICOM has been seeking to play a mediating role in the conflict and said they were concerned that the escalation of the situation is increasing the hardship and suffering of the population exacerbated by the imposition of sanctions” mainly by Washington.

Rowley reiterated the position of the regional leaders at their summit in Bassterre where they said “the people of Venezuela must be allowed to decide their own future in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter – non-intervention, non-interference, prohibition of the threat or use of force, respect for the rule of law, human rights and democracy.

“As CARICOM has ceaselessly advocated, for this objective to be attained, there has to be a meaningful and internal dialogue between the contending parties,” the communique noted.

It said that the dialogue must determine how best the crisis can be resolved within the confines of the constitution and the rule of law, whether by referendum, elections or any other agreed mechanism. “Nothing short of this will lead to the quelling of this crisis or provide the relief that all Venezuelans desire.

Pending this, there must be a commitment to the delivery of humanitarian aid in a manner that is not politicised but which uses United Nations mechanisms that have been used over the years for the impartial and effective delivery of humanitarian relief,” the 15-member regional grouping said in the statement.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Let the Venezuelan people vote in a election monitored by the Organization of the American States,and lets see how it goes.The country is bleading and that is no good,cant let this go on for ever.It dosent serve any purpose to let the population suffer like this

  2. The US and it’s allies have to stop supporting this opposition leader, there will be no peace in Venezuela un till then, and they know it!

  3. There has to be a negotiated settlement between the government and the opposition parties. The poliliticization of the current crisis does not serve the Venezuelan people well. Knowing the current position of the US, their position on regime change will more than likely not change but dialogue is good. The US must not unilaterally dictate what happens in a sovereign country as Venezuela.

  4. When Russia or China see the ocasion they just invade and take over,look at Ukraine and Tibet.And we swallow the pill because we are so nice and educated and we believe in rights.We dont want Russian or Chinese military bases on the American continent period.Cuba was the last example of stupidity in the fifties.and the most dangerous,and we are still paying the price,they spilt their venon all over South America,and captivated all the intelectual minds of the world.After 60 years,of failures and social disasters,there stll exists guys that cant admit that it dosent work

  5. When the shooting starts and there are a couple of hundreds dead,then we step in.We need blood to incite us.Do we take our car to the mechanic as soon as we hear a rattle? or do we wait for the engine to explode ? what is cheaper and les costly?

  6. Don’t want to come across as flippant:

    1. US should lift the embargo/sanctions imposed
    2. US should stop trying to oust the Gov through any way other than general elections
    3. CARICOM should speak with one voice (we know not too smart PMs are puppets to the US)

    “Castries fisherman” stick to fishing. You use Ukraine and Tibet as examples of Russian and Chinese “invasions” you seem to be conveniently forgetting the number of US invasions in South American countries far less the rest of the world. Not to mention the mighty Great Britain, how many countries have they invaded!

    Lets be honest here do you think Russia and or China are any worst than the US and or Britain!

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