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Jamaica and three other CARICOM states side with OAS against Venezuela

WASHINGTON, DC, March 29, 2019 - The CARICOM/CARIFORUM member states ,the leaders of which were recently invited to Donald Trump's private Mar a Lago Estate in Florida to discuss Venezuela and China, are again the subject of much discussion after they this week supported yet another  OAS resolution critical of the leadership of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Jamaica, The Bahamas, Guyana, Haiti  St. Lucia,  as well as Guyana, this week voted in favour of an Organisation of American States (OAS) resolution that said Venezuela's closure of its borders with Brazil and Colombia has prevented the population from obtaining food, medicines, medical treatment, and educational opportunities.

Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines voted against the resolution adopted by the Permanent Council of the OAS on Wednesday, while Barbados, Belize, St. Kitts-Nevis, Suriname as well as Trinidad and Tobago abstained. Dominica and Grenada were absent at the time of the vote.

The OAS said 19 countries, including the United States, voted in favour of the resolution, five against it, eight abstained, and two were absent.

This is the second time CARICOM countries have been divided at the OAS on the issue of Venezuela where the United States and its allies are pushing to remove President Maduro from office in favour of Opposition Leader Juan Guaido, who has since declared himself as the interim president of Venezuela.

In January, the OAS passed a resolution to not recognize President Maduro.

Jamaica, Haiti, The Bahamas, Guyana, and St. Lucia supported the resolution, while Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname voted against it.

 

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  • Countries: Latin America

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