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CARICOM Supports Venezuela against Coup Attempts

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) expressed its support for Venezuela given the coup attempts by extremist right-wingers to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro, reported teleSUR’s special correspondent Madelein García.
 
According to a special declaration made by the body, which has yet to be made public, they reject any attempt at a coup d’état that may threaten democracy in any country while also stressing that President Maduro was elected by popular vote and should be respected as such.  They note that any attempt to the contrary would be an attack on democracy and CARICOM holds firm to respect for democracy.
 
In an exclusive teleSUR interview with the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, he noted that “one cannot try to overthrow a democratically elected government.  It is fundamental that changes in government occur through democratic means.  That is a founding constitutional principle and we support Venezuela.”
 
The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, declared the following: “Our position is that the region’s democratic traditions should be maintained and respected by all, and we give thanks to President Maduro and the Venezuelan people for the help they have given CARICOM member countries, particularly during difficult times when we had financial problems that coincided with difficulties in Europe and the United States.”
 
Among other topics discussed at the CARICOM summit, the body decided not to readmit the Dominican Republic.  They noted that the decision is not based on intervening in that nation’s decision to revoke the citizenship of its Haitian descendents, but it is based on universal respect for human rights and the belief that talks should be held with Haiti to resolve difference.
 
Regarding Petrocaribe and the new proposal by the United States to make oil financing flexible, Browne said the “United States does not have a solution to our problems.  We have a problem of a lack of renewable energy and, for example, concessionary funds within the Petrocaribe agreement are very good for us [and] are good for solidarity between us and Venezuela.”
 
The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie, inaugurated the 26th CARICOM Summit in Nassau on Thursday, as the Bahamas currently holds the group’s pro tempore presidency.
 
Telesur / Press – Venezuelan Embassy in the US / February 27, 2015

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