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Posted: Monday, January 28, 2019. 11:20 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Following a meeting last week, the Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), are calling for a peaceful end to the ongoing social unrest in Venezuela.

The CARICOM heads of government issued a joint statement noting that they are gravely concerned about the well-being of the Venezuelan people, who are suffering as social tensions continue to run high. The CARICOM Heads of Government then offered to help facilitate dialogue between the relevant parties in an attempt to get the situation resolved.

The Heads of Government also “called on external forces to refrain from doing anything to destabilize the situation and 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 Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and which could have far-reaching negative consequences for the wider region.”

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Keith Rowley is the latest to lend his voice to the Caribbean Community’s plea to the United Nations for urgent assistance in the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.

According to T&T news sources, Rowley has joined a CARICOM delegation which is seeking an audience with the  United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres today.

The move to seek assistance for Venezuela comes after T&T joined Belize, St. Kitts-Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, and Barbados in abstaining from a vote taken at the Organization of American States earlier this month to not recognize the second five-year term of Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro.

Last Wednesday, Venezuela’s Opposition Leader, Juan Guaidó, declared himself the interim President of Venezuela, usurping the country’s democratic process. Several countries, including the United States, Canada, and countries within the European Union supported his declaration, while countries like Russia and China openly voiced support for Maduro.

His declaration and the subsequent spike in social unrest led the country to believe that he was behind an attempted coup d’état to overthrow the Maduro regime. Over the weekend the Belizean Organization for Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution (BELVEN), issued a statement condemning the attempted coup and the countries that support it.

 

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