CARICOM Foreign Ministers united on non-interference in Venezuela
Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), gathered in Bridgetown, Barbados on May 17, 2017, at the Twentieth Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), deliberated on the changes taking place in the international environment, as well as in their wider regional environment and on their implications for the co-ordinated foreign policy positioning of their countries.
They reiterated the importance they accord to maintenance of the rule of law, respect for human rights and democracy, as well as to the fundamental principles of non-intervention and non-interference in the internal affairs of states. These values and principles were viewed as being of paramount importance when addressing international situations of concern.
The Foreign Ministers were united in their view that respect for these values and principles would prove valuable and pertinent in addressing concerns over the situation in Venezuela.
Persuaded that the solution to the present situation had to be sought internally, supported by a mediated process, they were of the view that the deeply entrenched positions needed to be softened, so that trust could be built on both sides, in order to facilitate dialogue, so that the people of Venezuela could peacefully overcome their crisis.
The Foreign Ministers decried the violence taking place and deplored the resulting loss of life and property.