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ANTIGUA | Antiguan PM Blasts OAS Secretary-General for Anti-Venezuela Stance

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne
ST. JOHNS, January 29, 2019 - Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne, has blasted the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, OAS, Luis Almagro, for recognizing Venezuela’s Opposition Leader as president of the South American country.

The Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, says political leaders should understand that their positions on certain matters have consequences for other States. He says the OAS Secretary General is supporting a leader who has no mandate to represent the people of Venezuela.

Venezuela has been plunged into turmoil and its Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó, has declared himself the interim president.

The OAS Secretary General joined several countries including the United States, Canada and CARICOM states like Haiti and the Bahamas, in recognizing Mr Guaido as the leader.

However,  Prime Minister Gaston Browne, says the move is a brazen act which violates democracy.

Prime Minister Browne says the Venezuelan people are suffering. But, he says sanctions on Venezuela from the United States, is partly to blame.

The Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister also says he’s concerned that if the situation in Venezuela deteriorates any further and there is military intervention, the entire region could suffer from the fallout.

Following an emergency meeting CARICOM agreed to reaffirm its position of non-interference, non-intervention in the affairs of States and respect for sovereignty and human rights.

CARICOM also said it’s seeking the assistance of the United Nations to help resolve the issues plaguing the Spanish-speaking country and held meetings with the UN Secretary General on Monday.

  • Countries: Antigua_Barbuda

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