Caricom Heads seek UN’s assistance for Venezuela

Cari­com’s Heads of Gov­ern­ment have agreed not to in­ter­fere in the state of af­fairs of Venezuela at this time. How­ev­er, the 12 re­gion­al lead­ers who at­tend­ed a video con­fer­ence meet­ing on Thurs­day night will seek an ur­gent meet­ing with Unit­ed Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al An­tónio Guter­res to re­quest the UN’s as­sis­tance in re­solv­ing the is­sue peace­ful­ly.

The video-conference comprised lead­ers of An­tigua and Bar­bu­da, Bar­ba­dos, Be­lize, Do­mini­ca, Ja­maica, Montser­rat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Lu­cia, St. Vin­cent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and To­ba­go, and the for­eign min­is­ters of Grena­da and Suri­name.

The Heads of Gov­ern­ment al­so called on ex­ter­nal forces to re­frain from do­ing any­thing to desta­bilise the sit­u­a­tion, un­der­scored the need to step back from the brink and called on all ac­tors, in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal, to avoid ac­tions which would es­ca­late an al­ready ex­plo­sive sit­u­a­tion to the detri­ment of the peo­ple of Venezuela and which could have far-reach­ing neg­a­tive con­se­quences for the wider re­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Chair­man of the con­fer­ence, Prime Min­is­ter of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr Tim­o­thy Har­ris and the oth­er Heads of Gov­ern­ment agreed they would now seek an ur­gent meet­ing with the UN.

The state­ment said the Heads of Gov­ern­ment are fol­low­ing close­ly the cur­rent “un­sat­is­fac­to­ry sit­u­a­tion” in Venezuela, a neigh­bour­ing Caribbean coun­try, very close­ly and ex­pressed grave con­cern about the plight of the peo­ple and the in­creas­ing volatil­i­ty of the sit­u­a­tion brought about by re­cent de­vel­op­ments which could lead to fur­ther vi­o­lence, con­fronta­tion, a break­down of law and or­der and greater suf­fer­ing for the peo­ple of the coun­try.

But the Heads reaf­firmed their guid­ing prin­ci­ples of non-in­ter­fer­ence and non-in­ter­ven­tion in the af­fairs of states, re­spect for sov­er­eign­ty, ad­her­ence to the rule of law and re­spect for hu­man rights and democ­ra­cy.

“Heads of Gov­ern­ment re­it­er­at­ed that the long-stand­ing po­lit­i­cal cri­sis, which has been ex­ac­er­bat­ed by re­cent events, can on­ly be re­solved peace­ful­ly through mean­ing­ful di­a­logue and diplo­ma­cy. In this re­gard, Heads of Gov­ern­ment of­fered their good of­fices to fa­cil­i­tate di­a­logue among all par­ties to re­solve the deep­en­ing cri­sis,” the state­ment said.

Reaf­firm­ing their com­mit­ment to the tenets of Ar­ti­cle 2 (4) of the Unit­ed Na­tions Char­ter, which calls for Mem­bers States to re­frain from the threat or the use of force and Ar­ti­cle 21 of the Char­ter of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can States which refers to ter­ri­to­r­i­al in­vi­o­la­bil­i­ty, the Heads of Gov­ern­ment em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of the Caribbean re­main­ing a Zone of Peace.

The Heads of Gov­ern­ment re­it­er­at­ed that the long-stand­ing po­lit­i­cal cri­sis can on­ly be re­solved peace­ful­ly through mean­ing­ful di­a­logue and diplo­ma­cy. They be­lieve the UN will play a crit­i­cal role in this process, hence the dri­ve for an ur­gent meet­ing with its head.

3 comments on “Caricom Heads seek UN’s assistance for Venezuela

  1. Anonymous on

    Not interfering is a good position. However if more Vene migrants are to enter our country then we have intervened by accepting them. Our country is heading for a decline. No longer sweet t&t.

  2. Anonymous on

    It makes good sense right move by the prime minister but bible prophecy have to come through (” they will all sit by a table and speak a lie”) when greed is involve and supremacy is an issue the results would always be disastrous this system of rulership put in place by Satan is coming to an end, the movie is now in fast forward ,this is not the real life. Real life is one of peace and harmony.


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