(SNO) — Saint Lucia is maintaining its position on the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, that there should be fresh elections, and that the people of the Spanish-speaking South American country must be the ones deciding their future.
Speaking earlier this week, Foreign Affairs Minister Sarah Flood-Beaubrun warned that if the matter is not resolved, it could result in civil war and President Nicolas Maduro should consider a democratic approach to it.
“We know there is an ongoing crisis in Venezuela,” she stated. “As we have said previously, we believe there should be fresh elections in Venezuela, we believe the people of Venezuela should be the ones to decide their way forward…”
She noted, that as was said before, Saint Lucia believes the process that elected Maduro was illegitimate.
“And therefore in order to bring peace, calm and stability, the people should have an opportunity to participate in free and fair elections…” she stated.
Flood-Beaubrun stated that it is clear something needs to be done to resolve the situation.
“Obviously, it is clear that something needs to happen, something needs to be done,” she stated. “So it is for all persons, it is for all countries, to use all the diplomatic skills that we have to impress on the Maduro regime to say, ‘we should not be afraid of democracy, we should not be afraid of ever going to the people’.”
She also sought to explain visa restrictions placed on Venezuelans.
“People of Venezuela don’t want to leave Venezuela but there is a humanitarian situation there,” the minister noted. “For us, we are concerned about the security issues as well, because when there is mass migration a lot of other things that are undesirable move with mass migration, so for us in the region it is a concern…”
She believes that if the crisis is not addressed, civil war may take place.
“This is what happens when there is a serious crisis and there is not a defined and positive and quick-enough solution to it, it degenerates,” Flood-Beaubrun said.
In a letter to Saint Lucians this week, the Venezuela embassy on the island said it wishes to “affirm to the people of Saint Lucia that, at this moment, a coup d’état is under way in Venezuela ordered from Washington and some countries in the region and Europe, all of them against our legitimate and constitutional governmen”.