CARICOM Chairman on Venezuela’s political crisis
Friday, May 3, 2019

Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris, has been in consultation with other Caribbean leaders and also kept in close contact with Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. The Secretary-General has been updating the Chairman on emerging developments in Venezuela.

“I appeal for calm and peace,” Chairman Harris said, while reiterating his pledge that CARICOM will continue to make every effort to help bring a peaceful resolution to Venezuela’s political crisis. “My colleague Heads of Government and I are collectively charged with ensuring the continued security and stability of the Caribbean region. This responsibility is our first and foremost priority as we work in unison to safeguard our people’s future.”

He continued: “CARICOM has been working earnestly to promote meaningful dialogue and diplomacy, as well as a four-phased process called the Montevideo Mechanism whose aim is an inclusive and lasting solution. Such a considered approach can only redound to the benefit of the country and people of Venezuela and by extension, the countries and citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean.”

In his capacity as Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Harris has attended several meetings on Venezuela’s political crisis. These meetings have taken him to Guyana, the United Nations, Uruguay and Ecuador.

The Chairman of CARICOM is scheduled to engage in high-level follow-up talks with the International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela, in Costa Rica next week.