Ms. Hanna said that this latest move by the GOJ which appears to halt diplomatic relations with our long standing ally is shocking. “Never before has Jamaica walked this road, not only are we eroding our longstanding traditions of remaining objective interlocutors, able to assist with a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Venezuela, but we are setting a dangerous precedent by doing what appears to be the bidding of other powers.”
Closing the embassy, Me Hanna said, is leaving Jamaicans in Venezuela without access to assistance which the embassy would normally provide. “This sudden move,” Ms. Hanna said, “on the eve of Prime Minister Holness’ meeting with President Trump is reminiscent of the GOJ ’s announcement to expropriate PDVSA shares in Petrojam right before it voted in support of the USA resolution at the OAS not to recognize the Madura Administration.”
The Opposition spokesperson said her Party has serious concerns for the rights of the people of Venezuela, and want to see a brighter future for a country which has been our friend during very difficult times. “We cannot just pack up and walk away from them now just because others may be pressuring us to do so."
"We must maintain our reputation as a country of principle and not a country with our hands out to be treated as mendicants at the will of the more powerful. Our rights and privileges as a sovereign democratic nation are not for sale, or to be determined in foreign capitals, but right here in our land; right here in Jamaica.” Ms. Hanna said
Ms. Hanna said for the Government to truly play a role in helping the people of Venezuela especially during this time, it must keep our Jamaican Embassy open and therefore should be wise and reconsider their decision so as not to create long-lasting negative effects on Jamaica’s previously stellar international image.
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