The president of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Timothy Harris, reaffirmed on Thursday the position of the regional bloc in favor of dialogue to resolve the political situation in Venezuela through peaceful and democratic means.

The principle of self-determination and non-interference, respect for sovereignty and constitutional principles “is what we have to cling to in a world where international law and multilateralism are being undermined”, Harris said in St. Lucia where, since last Wednesday the 40th Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of Caricom was heald.

He also stressed that the intention of the agency is to keep promoting a process of dialogue between the different political and social actors in Venezuela, to avoid the use of force, and solve differences through peaceful means.

“Our commitment in the attempts to resolve the situation in Venezuela has clearly shown that we have a role to play”, stressed the head of the regional bloc.

In February of the cuurent year, the Caricom countries adhered to the Montevideo Mechanism as an instrument of dialogue and negotiation that advocates for peaceful understanding in Venezuela, promoted by the governments of Mexico, Uruguay and Bolivia.

The initiative emerged after the events of last January 23 when the Venezuelan right, backed by Washington, undertook a coup strategy against the constitutional government of President Nicolás Maduro Moros.

Currently, delegations of the Bolivarian Government and the opposition are holding a preliminary negotiation process in Oslo, Norway. Since last May, and under the auspices of the Norwegian authorities, several rounds of conversations have taken place with the utmost reserve.

The meetings in Oslo have received the support and congratulations of the United Nations (UN) and its Secretary Ggeneral, António Guterres, who has shown willingness to collaborate in the process. The focus of the discussions is to advance “verifiable and feasible” agreements on economic, political and electoral issues, in order to restore stability in the country.


People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations of Venezuela