CARICOM countries meet to discuss Venezuela unrest

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    T&T was among several CARICOM countries meeting via video-conference yesterday, to discuss the state of affairs in Venezuela.

    CARICOM, in a statement, says the leaders expressed concern about the plight of Venezuelans and the increasing volatility of the situation in that country.

    It says the heads raised concerns that this could lead to further violence, confrontation, breakdown of law and order and more suffering for the people.

    However, it says they reaffirmed their guiding principles of non-interference and non-intervention in the affairs of states, respect for sovereignty, adherence to the rule of law, and respect for human rights and democracy.

    CARICOM says the leaders reiterated that the long-standing political crisis can only be resolved peacefully through meaningful dialogue and diplomacy with some offering their offices to facilitate these talks.

    It says the Heads of Government are calling on internal and external forces to not exacerbate the situation in Venezuela as it could have far-reaching negative consequences for the wider region.

    CARICOM says the leaders agreed that Chairman of Conference and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, would seek an urgent meeting to request the UN’s assistance in resolving this issue.