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THE 15-country strong Caribbean Community (Caricom) has written to Secretary General of the Organisation of the American States (OAS) Luis Almagro Lemes calling on him to make it clear that he did not speak on their behalf when he recognised Juan Guaido, the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, as the interim president of Venezuela.

Caricom is seeking to distance itself from Almagro’s position as it views its role in the Venezuelan leadership crisis as non-intervention, non-interference and is hoping to have the matter resolved diplomatically.

In a letter dated January 31, Dr Timothy Harris, Caricom chairman and Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, explained that Caricom held an emergency meeting on January 24, one day after Venezuela’s National Assembly voted to declare Guaido as the country’s interim president, and mandated him to write Almagro “to express our disapproval and grave concern that you in your capacity as Secretary-General, have adopted, by recognising the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido as interim president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”.

 

Courtesy: Trinidad Express

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