CARICOM maintains ‘non-intervention, non-interference’ policy on Venezuela

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CARICOM maintains ‘non-intervention, non-interference’ policy on Venezuela
Dr. Ralph Gonsalves
Dr. Ralph Gonsalves

(TELESUR ENGLISH) – The Caribbean Community must remain a space for the Caribbean countries’ interests to be advanced, its chairman says.

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has firmly rejected international intervention in Venezuela and said the 15 nations, which form the organization, would maintain its current relations with the South American country. The statements come following the end of CARICOM’s 29th Inter-sessional meeting in Haiti, which ended on Wednesday.

Speaking at the closing press conference for the heads of government on Ralph Gonsalves, the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, reiterated the community’s non-intervention position on the Bolivarian country’s internal affairs.

Gonsalves said: “Caricom’s position on Venezuela… is well established at several (past) meetings of Caricom, and the principles have been enunciated in relation to non-intervention and non-interference,” he added that it was in the Caribbean’s interest to work toward “strengthening and supporting” the principles of representative democracy and freedom in Venezuela.

Gonsalves’ statements were supported by Dr. Keith Rowley, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who said that his country had responded well to the increased of Venezuelans to its shores. He added that many of the persons, who have arrived were looking for job and trade opportunities due to the impact of United States-led sanctions and Trinidad and Tobago would do what it could to improve trade relations with its South American neighbor.

Venezuela’s Vice Minister for the Caribbean in the Ministry of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs, Raul Licausi, thanked the grouping for their support.

In a press statement issued on Wednesday, he said the Caribbean countries: “have stood firmly on their stance despite constant pressures from international factors, showing that dignity in the Caribbean is exemplary.”

In relation to the invitation the National Electoral Council (CNE) made for Caricom to send an accompanying electoral mission for April 22 presidential elections, Licausi said they have “full confidence” in their electoral system and hope the Caricom can be present in the “pre and post-electoral phases, in both the technical and political levels.”

He added: “One of the most important messages we received for the people and the revolutionary government is that of solidarity and respect towards the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s internal affairs.”

The Caribbean Peace Movement (CPM), which including several individuals and organizations from the Caribbean, applauded Caricom’s non-interference stance on Venezuela and their self-determination and development rights, especially the actions of the leaders of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, and Suriname for their votes supporting Venezuela at the OAS.

In a letter directed to Caricom’s head of states, the CPM regretted that some Caribbean countries didn’t agree on this.

“Unfortunately, at the recently held Organization of American States (OAS) meeting in Washington DC, some of our CARICOM member states –specifically Jamaica, St. Lucia, Barbados, the Bahamas and Guyana — chose to abandon the principles of collective leadership enshrined in the foundational document of the Treaty of Chaguaramas which have historically guided CARICOM’s foreign policy positions in relation to other countries,” the letter reads.

Haitian President and Caricom’s Chairman Jovenel Moise declared that the organization should remain a shared space where the Caribbean nations can defend their interests.

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  1. "...many of the [Venezuelan refugees], who have arrived were looking for job and trade opportunities due to the impact of United States-led sanctions".

    A sad and starkly deliberate evasion of reality. Venezuela is becoming the North Korea of Latin America and there's no hiding it.

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  2. Get real. The people are desperate and losing hope. But CARICOM is not offering not even a fig leaf of empathy regarding their hunger suffering? That is heartless.

    Now guess who is the other local socialist who weighed in full support of the foolishness happening in Venezuela, red carpet coziness and all? Yeahhhhhhhh-ess! It is Fidel Castro's regional poodle handed over to Maduro.

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  3. Laughable and comical. CARICOM has no troops. No troops at all!

    Only words. And my. A lot of empty words at that.

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  4. The "sovereignty" (non-existent, really) of Jamaica, St. Lucia, Barbados, the Bahamas and Guyana have been sold, by their current Prime Ministers, to the oligarchs who control the military and covert agencies in the US for a pottage of stew!

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  5. Look what is happening in the USA about how it is accusing Russia of interfering in its presidential elections. It is yet to provide any factual evidence to prove these allegations yet it is deep up to its head top in Venezuela's affairs. These are the actions of a playground bully.

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  6. Thank you CARICOM for supporting a fellow country. This is the right stance, the divide and conquer business of the past tried by the white people prior cannot be allowed to return to the Caribbean and the rest of the region. We must take a page from the Asian books, we must strive to develop on our own terms, seek loans from our own banks, ect... to make our countries grow! Venezuela has always supported the Caribbean and we cannot and should NEVER turn our backs on Venezuela. We have to solve our problems our selves and not with outsiders.

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