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Can Jamaica be trusted in matters of international relations?

  • Written by Trevor Brown
  • Published in Opinion
At Left, Jamaica's Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith and Prime Minister Andrew Holness speaking at a  recent town hall meeting in New York, following a visit tyo the United Nations. At Left, Jamaica's Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith and Prime Minister Andrew Holness speaking at a recent town hall meeting in New York, following a visit tyo the United Nations.
KINGSTON, April 18, 2019 - Despite double-speak, denials and obfuscation by the country’s foreign affairs and foreign trade minister Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith, Jamaica’s support for the self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ of Venezuela Juan Guido’s designated appointee Gustavo Tarre as its permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), severely undermines the credibility of the leadership of the Andrew Holness led administration and our country’s reputation in the eyes of the world.
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Author: Trevor G. Brown | Freelance writer and political commentator

Our support for this legal aberration of having a representative of a government which does not officially exist in the OAS, is unprecedented in the annals of international relations, a gross violation of international law and was only made possible, due to the machinations of the government of the United States of America, which is currently chairing this body as part of its regular rotation.

If that was not enough, our active involvement and support for the Montevideo Mechanism which was championed by CARICOM, Mexico and Uruguay, that sought to have a peaceful resolution to the situation in our sister country between the Bolivarian Republic government led by Nicholas Maduro and interim leader of the opposition controlled National Assembly of Juan Guido, which emphasised a 4 –step process involving dialogue, negotiation, agreement and implementation is ‘thrown through the window ‘ for reasons that as citizens we are still left in the dark.

Additionally the United Nation Charter 36/103 with companion resolution 2734 of 16th December 1970, which speaks to the “Inadmissibility of Intervention and Interference in the Internal Affairs have States’, has been violated and places us among those countries that are correctly designated as Rogue Nations with the USA being the champion among this group.

For those of us who have been following the ‘David and Goliath’ struggle for the control of the mineral rich resources of our sister country, which has been unfolding since the advent of the late Hugo Chavez Frias in 1998 and escalated during the administration of the democratic and constitutionally elected presidency of Nicholas Maduro, the current JLP-led administration’s conduct should come as no surprise especially during the period since January of 2019.

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CARICOM, Mexico and Uruguay delegates meet today in Montevideo, Uruguay to formally propose and discuss at the conference the establishment of a four-phased process called the 'Montevideo Mechanism.'

First there was the announcement by our foreign minister to unilateral sell Venezuela’s 49% share in PetroJam’s oil refinery prior to the OAS meeting, which sought to delegitimize the second term of President Maduro, which we supported, secondly there was Jamaica’s supported vote to allow a ‘Trojan Horse’ –like ‘humanitarian aid’ to enter the country that internationally recognised institutions such as the United Nations and Red Cross would not be party to.

Thirdly, prior to Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s meeting with President Donald Trump at his private residence in Mar Largo, our embassy in the Venezuela capital was also ‘temporarily closed ‘for reasons best known to the Foreign Minister.

Following on this trend, the next logical step would be the handing over of the funds both from the unilateral sale of Venezuela’s share in Petro jam oil refinery and other resources owing to our beleaguered sister country, amounting to USD150 million to Juan Guido but maybe we are awaiting further instructions.

A word of caution and unsolicited advice that I would give to our prime minister and the leadership of this government, which I also know that former prime minister Golding can attest to much to his chagrin, when it comes to dealing with the USA, the ‘Kissinger logic’ is what drives the empire, that ‘the USA has no friends it only has interests’.

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Last modified onThursday, 18 April 2019 14:34
  • Countries: Jamaica