Maduro invites CARICOM chairman to mediate in Venezuela dispute

People march in the rain during a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela, June 29, 2017. Credit: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has formally written to, and extended an invitation for dialogue to CARICOM’s Chairman and Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell.

In a letter dated 7 July 2017, and received by Grenada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and subsequently by Prime Minister Mitchell, President Maduro expressed that he “wholeheartedly welcomes the valuable proposal contained in that Communiqué offering the Good Offices of [CARICOM] to reactivate an agenda of constructive dialogue among the political sectors of [our] country.”

In that regard, President Maduro invited the Prime Minister to a work meeting in Caracas, Venezuela on 11 or 12 July to determine a specific plan of action to resume the national dialogue in Venezuela.

Regrettably, the CARICOM Chairman received the letter on 13 July, and missed the dates stated in the invitation.

New dates are being determined between CARICOM and the Government of Venezuela to facilitate the visit.

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister was in Grenada during the CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting and met with several leaders individually, including Prime Minister Mitchell, on the margins of the Plenary Session on Thursday, 6 July.

Already, in the wake of the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM held in Grenada last week, 4 to 6 July, Prime Minister Mitchell has moved to activate the decision of the CARICOM Heads to write to President Maduro as well as the leaders of all Opposition Political Parties in Venezuela, informing them of CARICOM’s position on the Venezuela crisis and their offer to act as mediators to facilitate dialogue and a peaceful outcome.

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9 Comments

  1. sadn
    July 18, 2017

    I stand corrected….but we are in the 21st century…doesn’t Venezuela correspond via email like the rest of the world….specifically since this is of utmost importance….why didn’t the letter arrive on the same day that it was written….Overnight mail….that is so 60’s…just asking!!!!

  2. Shaka Zulu
    July 18, 2017

    This is one big embarrassing joke. Shows the level of incompetence we have in the region. I would tie Maduro and skerrit on bird island. One would be president and other prime Minister for life. The rest of the caricom ole head could go work on rotation in bird island shoveling guano

  3. Just Me
    July 18, 2017

    Which hell mediation!!!! Garcon just resign and let the people elect a more competent leader!!!

  4. American trump
    July 17, 2017

    The CARICOM chairman CANNOT, i repeat CANNOT mediate fairly!

  5. Pragmatik
    July 17, 2017

    A referendum was held on the 16th as to the whether the people are in accordance with Maduro’s regime and the constituent assembly that he is trying to impose on them.
    One woman was shot dead by paramilitary groups while people were assembled to give their response.

    Over 7 million Venezuelans both locally and abroad voted with 98% voting YES to refuse the constituent assembly, for change in public officials and interim government and for the national guard to support the decisions of the opposition held national assembly.

    Basically a unanimous rebuke of the Maduro regime.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venezuelan_referendum,_2017
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/16/venezuelans-vote-referendum-ousting-maduro/

  6. July 17, 2017

    “Regrettably, the CARICOM Chairman received the letter on 13 July, and missed the dates stated in the invitation.”

    In other words, at this point Maduro’s regime can’t even afford the postage for overnight mail?

    • Peeping Tom
      July 17, 2017

      With an analysis as bland and provincial as this, Trump would be proud of you.

      • July 18, 2017

        …says the fellow who can’t tell the difference between analysis and wry humour.

      • Shameless
        July 18, 2017

        My grandmother use to say; “not all that have eyes can see” and boy was she right. You are so blind you can’t even see the truth to the statement by Steve. Shame on you PT but keep on peeping because sooner or later you will eventually see the light. Hopefully its not too late

        Assertive like the rod of Moses! :twisted: :twisted:

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