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CARICOM divided on OAS votes not to recognize Maduro as Venezuela President

Featured CARICOM divided on OAS votes not to recognize Maduro as Venezuela President
WASHINGTON DC,  January 10, 2019 - Members of the Caribbean Community were today split in relation to a vote in the Organization of American States (OAS) as the hemispheric body approved a resolution calling on member states "to not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro’s new term as of the 10th of January of 2019."
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Venezuela's armed forces have pledged allegiance to Nicolas Maduro as president and commander-in-chief. | Photo: @PresidencialVen

Voting in favour of the resolution were Jamaica, St. Lucia, Haiti, The Bahamas and Guyana. There were eight abstentions with five from CARICOM member states. These include St. Kitts, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Belize and Grenada.

The resolution which was approved with 19 votes in favor, 6 against, 8 abstentions and one absent, invited "member states  "to adopt, in accordance with international law and their national legislation, diplomatic, political, economic and financial measures that they consider appropriate, to contribute to the prompt restoration of the democratic order of Venezuela."

It also called  for new Presidential elections with all necessary guarantees of a free, fair, transparent, and legitimate process to be held at an early date attended by international observers.

In addition, it invited Member States and Permanent Observers to implement measures to address the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and impacted countries, through the support to appropriate international and regional organizations.

St. Lucia's representative, said it was a difficult decision but the country "must at times do the uncomfortable, speak up and act on what we see." 
"While Venezuela has long been a friend of St. Lucia, we are at a loss for words at what we are witness to, a political, economic and humanitarian crisis that threatens us all," he lamented, adding that the issue was a regional one and not national or domestic as regarded by some.  
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, led a group consisting of Suriname and Dominica, which voted against the resolution. 
"The presidential election was assessed by many objective observers, including the Caribbean Observer Mission, to be free and fair. The results reflected the will of the people. A government has been truly elected by the people and for the people. We must respect the sovereign will of the people of Venezuela, nothing more, nothing less," said the representative from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Mr. Maduro was sworn in Thursday for a second term as Venezuela's president, despite some international criticism that his re-election is illegitimate.


Last modified onThursday, 10 January 2019 19:54
  • Countries: CARICOM

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