CARICOM chastises OAS Secretary-General on Venezuela

Harris (left), Almagro,

CARICOM has written to Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro saying it rejected his decision to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president.

In a letter, Dr. Timothy Harris, prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and chairman of CARICOM, expressed “disapproval and grave concern” over the matter, describing it as “inappropriate.”
CARICOM Heads held a special meeting on January 24 to discuss the ongoing situation in Venezuela. In attendance were Heads of Government from Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. Foreign Ministers of Grenada and Suriname were also in attendance.
“Heads of Government mandated me as as Chairman of the conference, to write to you to express our disapproval and grave concern with regard that you, in your capacity as Secretary-General, have adopted by recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guido, as interim President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” Harris wrote in the letter dated January 31. “This action, on your part, without the authority of the Member States of the Organization of American States, is considered inappropriate.”
Harris told Almagro that is it imperative he clarify that he does not speak on the behalf of all OAS member states.
“We are aware that this is not the only occasion on which you have made public utterances in the name of the Organization without authority,” he stated. “This type of unilateral by the Head of an International Organization, whose members comprise sovereign states, is a clear departure from normal practice and cause for great concern.”
Despite the appearance of unity in the letter, the Venezuelan crisis has split CARICOM, since many member states are also part of the OAS.
A resolution not to recognize Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro’s second term was presented by Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, the United States, Paraguay and Peru at the OAS recently.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines led a group consisting of Suriname and Dominica, which voted against the resolution.
Jamaica, St. Lucia, The Bahamas, Haiti and Guyana voted for it.
St. Kitts, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Belize and Grenada abstained.

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  1. February 6, 2019

    “CARRY-COME” is the more appropriate name to give to this spineless, greedy Caribbean organization, bro this is “big man thing” if you all have nothing tangible to offer just stay out of the discussion; while you guys out there pussy-footing, because you can no longer cash-in on the ($petro) OIL money; your partner closer home the double (Dr) PhD is stifling democracy in your faces by not following your examples as far as “electoral reform is concerned (issuance of voter ID and cleansing of the list)”. CARICOM clean up your front yard first before you can deal with the back yard.

  2. iprotest
    February 6, 2019

    I wonder what does CARICOM think of the election proposal for clean free and fair election in Dominica
    I wonder if CARICOM concerned about our election issues especially with the cleaning of our voters list.

    Personally if CARICOM not concerned about a little voter right in Dominica I will NEVER think that this organization has 1 gram of concern for the Venezuelan citizens themselves….. it’s all about Maduro Maduro Maduro.

    CARICOM is a paper tiger beaming in shame.
    Set up a program to accept Venezuelan citizens fleeing their country in fear of their leader Maduro.

    De young people eyes open….they will repeat the same thing and worse when our current leaders enter senior citizen status……

    I wonder eh…..

    • Anonymous
      February 6, 2019

      Good point! Also, obviously
      Dr. Harrison does not speak for all of Caricom and should not make it appear as if he does. That woul be an insult to our intelligence.

  3. %
    February 5, 2019

    Unfit to govern. Unfit to govern.
    Unfit to govern.

  4. Joseph John
    February 5, 2019

    See the power of the white supremists at play. How they control regional and international organizations. Under Chavez Venezuela was nominated twice to the UN Security Council and both times Bush said no and lobbied his cronnies to deny Venezuela.
    Venezuela is a member of the OAS and should enjoy mutual security and defense under the OAS charter and other conventions, but the USA a fellow member is spearheading an attack on Venezuela supported by European countries who are not members….Traitor.
    The Secretary General of the OAS who must be impartial and does not represent any country and is only responsible to the OAS is siding with the USA against his own people…Traitor. He has no jurisdiction, He is the servant of the OAS, has no say. He spoke like a true puppet with his hands in the US pocket.
    Cant those blue people open their minds, see that an invasion is being set up.
    This action is in direct contradiction to international law. And is bad precedent.

    • Joseph John
      February 6, 2019

      Dominica has diplomatic relations with both USA and Venezuela. And all three countries are members of the OAS and UN. Since Venezuela does not pose ant threat to its neighbours , regional or international peace can’t a diplomatic approach be implemented to find a peaceful solution.
      When Guyana and Venezuela had border problems and were on the brink of war, Premier E O Leblanc use his friendship with both leaders as an intervention for peace. At that time Guyana and Dominica were not members of the UN, and Dominica was still a colony without any diplomatic ties . Guyana is not a member of the OAS because of border concerns.
      So have diplomatic measures to address conflict gone out the window ? Have we now become war mongers ? Are we on the verge of desolving the UN or the OAS ? Is usuing diplomacy and peace keeping to address conflict no more relevant? Will we have an other Afganistan on our doorsteps.
      Trump plans a pull-out, are these troops for Venezuela ?

  5. ^
    February 5, 2019

    ADMIN why is there no news item celebrating Black History Month?

    ADMIN: Stay tuned.

    • Joseph John
      February 6, 2019

      ADMIN, is this history you proposing to write about a “History of Black Dominicans” and separate ones for “White Dominicans” and “Kalinago Dominicans.” or all Dominicans. Maybe we should have a month called ” Dominica History month” every year for all Dominicans displaying our mixed racial history.

  6. Intel
    February 5, 2019

    St. Vincent and the Grenadines led a group consisting of Suriname and Dominica, Jamaica, St. Lucia, The Bahamas, Haiti and Guyana voted for it. Dominica will lose out by not standing with America

  7. Truth Be Told
    February 5, 2019

    Typical CARICOM stands for nothing falls for anything and everything!

  8. %
    February 5, 2019

    Caricom is a waste of time. Maduro’s iron fist in dealing with the opposition suggests that his despotic rule should end. People need free and fair election to choose which government govern them.
    In Dominica it is the same.. Opposition members are intimidated,dragged before the court for all sorts of frivolousness. Protesters are teargassed. It’s another Venezuela in the making.
    Timothy Harris Caricom heads can say what they want,but the people on the ground in Caricom member states think Maduro is unfit to government.
    Watch the call of Dominicans for fair elections!!!
    S m g
    S m g
    L s m g n

  9. derp
    February 5, 2019

    What’s up with the leaf in the picture xD

    • BrainDamage
      February 5, 2019

      To show that Mr. Harris did not take something before making this decision …

  10. Shaka Zulu
    February 5, 2019

    Our prime minister makes unilateral decision all the time. Afterall thats how he governs. Ducking hypocritical statement. All those who aided in the misery of the Venezuelan people and the wasting of thier oil resources will sit thier talking about internal affairs. If maduro was a statesman he would do right thing and resign. Caribbean leaders make me sick. Some of them are dumb and short sighted as hell. Look how long we trying sevelop CARICOM. Waste of time. We will forever remain the tail cause we have no guts, no brains, no principles. The bus driver from Venezuela turn President look like a gingerbread man consumed by himself and over his head. Never give a monkey a gun. Same goes for PM of Dominica.

  11. It's My Damn Business
    February 5, 2019

    CARCOM is the worse thing that ever happened to the region especially with these bunch of leaders we now have as head of state. If you were to study those leaders individually one would not have to go far to realize that 98% of them are corrupt and don’t care about their people. CARICOM is nothing more than a corrupt club that is there for those leaders to draw strength from when they are in trouble. Trust me CARICOM is NOT for the people but only there to help fight the people in oder to protect their corruption when they in trouble. We saw that when Denzel Douglas was in trouble and Skerrit ran to his rescue with a diplomatic passport. Furthermore, how can we forget the neglect of CARICOM after what Skerrit called an attempted coup against him? Remember during that time CARICOM was meeting in Guyana and Skerrit called Kairie fm to say how he received strength from CARRICOM and as soon as he landed in SA he and his army began to arrest those that spoke against his Monfared corruption

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