Group of Caribbean intellectuals and activists calls for CARICOM fact-finding mission to Venezuela

By Venezuelan Embassy

vene-mmap-mdPRESS RELEASE – Following an invitation from the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, to attend a consultation on Friday May 12th 2017 on the Venezuelan government’s decision to convene a National Constituent Assembly to create a new Constitution;

Mindful of the decision by Venezuela to withdraw from the Organisation of American States (OAS) in protest against a controversially constituted resolution, supported by five Caribbean governments, which threatened Venezuela’s security;

Aware of recent negative media portrayals of the President of Venezuela as ‘a dictator who is oppressing opposition groupings’ and of public statements by elected Caribbean officials that echo these portrayals;

Further aware of the designation by the former US President Barrack Obama of Venezuela as ‘a threat to US national security’ and the escalation of the verbal aggression towards Venezuela by the Donald Trump Presidency;

Cognizant of the efforts of President Maduro to avoid civil war and to establish a foundation for peace, democracy and stability;

Mindful of the efforts by Venezuela to assist Caribbean development through initiatives such as ALBA, Petrocaribe, CELAC and TeleSUR;

Conscious of the history of foreign invasion, subversion of sovereignty, assassination of Caribbean and Latin American leaders and the ignoble record of war, destruction, destabilisation and territorial incursion which has frustrated Caribbean development, peace and stability;

And mindful of a meeting of CARICOM Foreign Ministers to be held in Barbados on May 18th 2017;

We the undersigned Caribbean nationals and citizens (from Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago), among colleagues from 35 countries who attended the aforementioned National Constituent Assembly discussion in Caracas, hereby call on the sovereign, independent and democratically elected Caribbean governments to:

  1. Respect the sovereignty of Venezuela, refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Venezuela and allow the internal political issues within Venezuela to be solved by the Venezuelan people;
  2. Send a CARICOM Fact-Finding Mission to independently ascertain the internal situation of Venezuela;
  3. Refrain from colluding with external powers to subvert the security of Venezuela and reject the designation of Venezuela as a ‘threat to the security of the United States’; and
  4. Respect the constitutionally-mandated electoral timeframes of the Bolivarian Republic as a basis for regional peace and stability, since the practice of holding elections in response to orchestrated violence will unleash an example of instability and will undermine the legitimacy and integrity of elections in the entire region.
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5 comments

  1. I agree we must support Venezuela. And I hope that St. Lucia is not part of the Caribbean governments that did not support Venezuela. Face the facts people. Venezuela has the richest oil fields in the western hemisphere, more than the US, Canada, and the whole of Latin America. In fact proven oil reserves in Venezuela are the largest in the world. It is something to fight for. We must have a dialogue on human rights ect..with Venezuela internally, but we cannot allow imperialist tendencies to destroy Venezuela and let it burn. In fact many Caribbean countries have benefited from petro caribe funds to fund our own development. We must send a fact finding mission. we must send humanitarian aid. we are not the poorest nations in the world. we have to be united for Venezuela's sake, for our sake in the Caribbean!

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  2. It is interesting though. Those Caribbean leaders always go to Venezuela with their hands outstretched begging. Now Venezuela needs the Caribbean more than ever, they are all turning their backs on a country.

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  3. Intellectuals or OUTALECTUALS???? I wanna change my identity as a Caribbean National...so all this Socialist Approach is actually being embraced by a group of Caribbean Nationals?????I wonder what is in it for them????? Awa wee

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  4. Really!!!!So Caribbean nationals value a socialist approach to development!!!! If this is the case, I wanna be identified with a new nationality.

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    • Boy you'll lucians not ignorant in joke.

      Like or hate their leanings here is what they are asking for: 1. Respect the sovereignty of Venezuela, refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Venezuela 2. Send a CARICOM Fact-Finding Mission to independently ascertain the internal situation of Venezuela; 3. Refrain from colluding with external powers to subvert the security of Venezuela and reject the designation of Venezuela as a ‘threat to the security of the United States’; 4. Respect the constitutionally-mandated electoral timeframes of the Bolivarian Republic

      These are not unreasonable requests and every nation asks for the same.

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