The CARICOM delegation which included Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Keith Rowley, and CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, expressed grave concern over the untenable situation in Venezuela, and strongly advised that further deterioration would seriously aggravate the plight of Venezuelans.
The Caribbean Community was steadfast in its conviction that the region must remain a Zone of Peace and the delegation emphasised its commitment to the tenets of Article 2(4) of the UN Charter which calls on states to refrain from the threat or the use of force. CARICOM has been consistent in the critical importance it accords to the key principles of non interference and non-intervention.
CARICOM reaffirmed the view that there was an urgent need for meaningful dialogue leading to a peaceful internal solution for the Venezuelan people. The Caribbean Community is resolute in its belief that it is never too late for dialogue since the consequences of no dialogue will be dire.
The United Nations Secretary General extended his offer of good offices, circumstances permitting, to facilitate dialogue and negotiation between the parties. The CARICOM delegation indicated its readiness to work assiduously to bring the parties to the negotiating table.
To this end, the visiting CARICOM Heads of Government yesterday engaged with various Permanent Representatives - Canada, the Russian Federation, the European Union and the African Union. They also engaged with the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Foreign Minister of Mexico with a view to reduce tensions and build a platform for dialogue. Futher engagements will take place in the next few days as the situation remains fluid.
Other members of the delegation included the Foreign Ministers of Trinidad and Tobago, and Grenada , as well as the Permanent Representatives of these countries to the United Nations.
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