Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Press Release:-  The Government of Saint Lucia continues to monitor the escalating situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela which has caused immense hardship and suffering for the people of that country.

With the safety and security of Saint Lucia’s borders being a paramount consideration for the Government, Saint Lucia has seen an influx of arms and drugs with Venezuela origins, as well as the illegal entry of Venezuelans, all exaserbated by the instability in Venezuela.

In a statement on 10th January 2019 at the Special Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council, Saint Lucia also stated a concern with the entry of external actors into our Caribbean and Latin American space.

Saint Lucia urged Venezuela to “please come back into the fold; back to the principles that ensure openness and democracy; and back to the table with your friends.”

At last week’s Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government, a joint communique was issued by CARICOM, which responded to the ensuing increase in hardship and suffering of the Venezuelan people.

The statement read in part: “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. This 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.”

Saint Lucia also joined CARICOM in calling for a commitment to the delivery of humanitarian aid that utilizes United Nations mechanisms that have been used over the years for the impartial and effective delivery of relief.

Based on Saint Lucia’s known position on the issue of the May 2018 election, and the statements by CARICOM, Saint Lucia has hoped that that the current regime would move towards fresh and fair elections to solve this crisis.

Saint Lucia has noted, however, that the regime has ignored this call, which has the support the majority of countries of the world.

It should be noted that there are more than 50 countries, including two from CARICOM that have gone a step further to officially recognize Juan Guiado as the Interim President, and support the role that he can play in ensuring fresh elections.

Saint Lucia will continue to work with all concerned countries and organizations, in order to secure democracy in Venezuela and ensure regional stability.

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  1. And what was wrong with the previous elections? The opposition boycotted on their own volition. Now they’re making noise. Pure rubbish.

    • Are you even aware of what happened during the previous election? Before making statements check your facts because you end up looking dumb…

      • IntAff, I have read and listened both sides. Your opinion is colored by the content one sided repetition of inaccuracies that you receive from the ultra biased news media. Bo has a point but folks like you cannot appreciate a differing point of view. You have been brainwashed without you even know it. The constant one-sided flow of information has distorted your thinking. You are the one who ends up looking dumb. Read extensively before accusing others of what you are.

  2. In the previous election the oposition was not allowed to present formal candidates,to the list of candidates fit for election.So the oposition boycoted the elections charade,the Organization of the American States,was refused entry to Venezuela to supervice the legitimacy of the electoral process.In these conditions Maduro called elections.Would you accept Chas and UWP called elections in St Lucia,and barred the oposition or any other candidate from participating in the election process?.Why do you think comunist or socialist Cuba only has one political party?,same as Iran,China,North Korea,Saudi Arabia and a few more.Happy to live in St Lucia,you dont know what you have till you loose it,your freedom,to vote,to walk ,to talk,to be someone.

    • You have drunk all the propaganda put out by the American media and their fiends. You need to examine the alternative views, both sides, before making to your false assertions. Only the biased reports from the Americans and their conniving allies one hears. Yes, there should be a negotiated settlement between the government and the opposition but blaming the government for all that is wrong in Venezuela is ludicrous. The American government is partly responsible for the suffering of the Venezuelan people as they imposed crippling economic sanctions on Venezuela to enforce regime change. They want their big corporations to control the refining and sale of the Venezuelan oil as happened before former President Chávez nationalized the local oil industry. Read widely before making your false assertions.

  3. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

    We already knew that St. Lucia governments, present & past, were blithering idiots (and professional mendicants with a tin cup always held out for foreign aid), but this latest press release confirms it! Whatever their puppet-masters (unfortunately not St. Lucian citizens) wish them to say or do, is fulfilled without objection!

    Here is an article from May of 2018 which tears apart the slander of the St. Lucian government and their astro-turfer commenters (yes, I’m calling out ‘Castries Fisherman’, ‘IntAff’ & the un-named ‘Staff Writer’ at stluciatimes.com):


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