Representatives of the Caribbean Community, Caricom, held an emergency meeting earlier this week to discuss the ongoing political turmoil in Venezuela.
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The three-hour-long meeting, according to Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was “varied and robust” and centered around “promoting dialogue” between the Venezuelan government and the opposition.
Although no official statement has been made, a report from Caribbean360 stated that the group’s chairperson, Grenadian Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, will make fresh overtures to Venezuela’s political leaders.
Following the 38th Caricom meeting in July, the group stated that the only real solution to the South American nation’s political turmoil is communication.
Caricom called on “all parties to commit to engage in renewed dialogue and negotiations leading to a comprehensive political agreement with established timetables, concrete actions and guarantees to ensure its implementation for the well-being of the nation.”
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro responded almost immediately, saying that he “wholeheartedly welcomes the valuable proposal … to reactivate an agenda of constructive dialogue among the political parties of (our) country.”
Earlier this week, New York-based Institute of the Black World 21st Century, IBW, encouraged Caricom to continue to resist pressure from Washington, which it says has influenced nations in the region to deny recognition of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly.
The Black rights group also condemned recent efforts by the Organization of American States, OAS, and a “small group of powerful states in the OAS" to support diplomatic aggression against Venezuela.
Caricom was established in 1973 to promote unity among Caribbean nations. It includes 15 member nations.