CARICOM To Present Points on Venezuela, Haiti, Guyana

Source:  TeleSUR
February 27 2019

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The 30th two-day CARICOM summit is set to end Wednesday and heads of state will give their collective decisions regarding Venezuela, Haiti and regional climate change.

Leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are expected to give a press conference Wednesday afternoon on their collective stance regarding Venezuela and Haiti after two days of closed doors meetings in St. Kitts. The CARICOM heads of state are also expected to comment on issues of climate change and migration in the Caribbean.

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TeleSUR correspondent Laura Prada, reporting from the 30th CARICOM summit taking place this week Basseterre on St. Nevis Island, says that leaders will soon comment on the unfolding events in Venezuela.

On Tuesday the Caribbean heads of states and diplomatic officials reiterated their support for a peaceful solution for Venezuela and roundly rejected any interventionist tactics in the country like those proposed by the U.S. government under Donald Trump and the Lima Group heads of state.

“Our community could be justifiably proud of our stance and efforts to help the people of Venezuela resolve their crisis,” said CARICOM chairman and host Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris.

“I have no doubt in my mind that the principled position taken by CARICOM working with like-minded countries has prevented so far a catastrophe on our borders. We will continue to urge that dialogue is the only way to achieve a lasting solution,” said Dr. Harris Tuesday.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has also long-supported dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the opposition to find a peaceful resolution and Tuesday offered his country as a summit site for such talks.

“The doors of our territory are open for dialogue and intermediation so that there can be dialogue (carried out) by Uruguayans, many diplomats of the world, the U.N., (and) including Pope Francis,” said the Mexican president.

TeleSUR’s Prada adds that the leaders will also comment on the current situation in Guyana where the coalition government of President David Granger collapsed in a 33-32 no-confidence vote brought forward by the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) by the National Assembly Dec. 21, 2018. The Granger administration has since appealed a High Court ruling in January that says the vote was valid.

According to Prada CARICOM delegates are to speak on Haiti where citizens are demanding the “resignation of President Jovenel Moise.” Moise took office in 2017 following protracted elections and is under tremendous pressure from opposition parties to step down over mishandling of domestic affairs as well as the use of funds from PetroCaribe, an oil alliance between several Caribbean states and Venezuela.

Police repression during protests that began several weeks ago has resulted in at least 26 deaths and 77 people being injured.

In a previous CARICOM statement, the organization said it “is deeply concerned about the continuing violent protests in Haiti, which have resulted in the loss of life, property, destruction of infrastructure and caused grave distress.”

Leaders will also make statements regarding climate change and migration in the Caribbean.

UN: Venezuela’s Arreaza Calls US Aims the ‘Politics of Death’

Source:  TeleSUR
February 26 2019

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This is the second session of the Security Council held to discuss Venezuela and the United States’s push for military intervention.

Following a request from the United States, the United Nations Security Council is holding a session to discuss the state of Venezuela and its internal political situation.

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This is the second session of the Security Council held to discuss the political situation in Venezuela following a meeting on Jan. 26 in the U.S.

Representatives from the United States, France, United Kingdom, Russia, China, Poland, Peru, The Dominican Republic, Belgium, South Africa, Kuwait, Germany, Indonesia, and Venezuela spoke to the international delegation.

Despite the position held by some countries opposed to the Venezuelan Government, its representatives have reiterated the rejection of the use of force by U.S. authorities.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza called the international aggression a threat to Venezuela’s sovereignty and the rights of a free people as well as a violation of the United Nations charter.

“Now is the time for us to return to sanity and respect international law and respect the Venezuelan constitution. We are waiting to see the members of the Venezuelan opposition. Mr. Guaido and whoever else- they will decide who will sit down with the constitutional government of Venezuela, then among Venezuelans, we can build our own solution. Without intervention, interference from anyone, much less the United States,” Arreaza said.

The Bolivarian official thanked the members of the Montevideo Mechanism for its support for peaceful dialogue and allowing the country to solve its differences domestically.

“We are prepared to sit down and to come up with solutions with Mr. Guaido and whoever else wishes to sit down with us, but they don’t wish to sit down with us. They say there is no time for dialogue, Mr. Maduro has to go, the regime has to change, there has to be an invasion in Venezuela. But there’s no call in this security council to say, ‘You have to sit down,’” the minister said.

Arreaza asked UN security council members to consider the fact that the United States is threatening to shoot migrants along its southern border and what would happen if Venezuela, Nicaragua, or Cuba- all countries which have been burdened with U.S. intervention- were to intervene, citing a “humanitarian crisis.”

#LIVE | Venezuela’s @jaarreaza at the UN: “What would the US do if Cuba and Nicaragua attempted to enter their country, to provide aid for the humanitarian crisis that is clearly taking place at the US border.”

“Venezuela is staying out of the internal affairs of the United States and the electoral campaign here… There’s a lot of hypocrisy and arrogance at play here. And this is what the UN security council should address.

“The security council is not here to make war, the Security Council is not here to establish conditions for others to make war, the council is not here to endorse violent breaches of the United Nations Charter, rather the security council is here to maintain international peace and security and to preserve future generations from the scourge of war… let’s save Venezuela and this generation because the threat of war is here today,” Arreaza said.

Arreaza’s arguments were supported by a number of countries, among them the Russian representative, who stated that “Washington’s sole aim was not resolving the problems of Venezuela, their aim is regime change via foreign intervention.”

#LIVE | Russia at the UN security council: “Washington’s sole aim was not resolving the problems of Venezuela, their aim is regime change via foreign intervention.”
China also joined in the chorus against intervention by saying that “We oppose using so-called humanitarian aid for political purposes to destabilize Venezuela and the wider region”

#LIVE | China at the security council: “We oppose using so-called humanitarian aid for political purposes to destabilize Venezuela and the wider region”

CARICOM Reiterates Support for Peaceful Resolution in Venezuela

Source:  TeleSUR
February 26 2019

Caricom feb 2019The Caricom meeting began Tuesday morning on the dual-island nation of
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As political and economic events unfold in various countries in the region, including Haiti, Venezuela, and Guyana, the 15-member group aims to de-escalate tensions.

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders concluded a two-day summit Tuesday in Basseterre, on the dual-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, where the member countries once again reiterated their support for a peaceful resolution in regards to Venezuela while rejecting interference.

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“Our community could be justifiably proud of our stance and efforts to help the people of Venezuela resolve their crisis. I have no doubt in my mind that the principled position taken by CARICOM working with like-minded countries has prevented so far a catastrophe on our borders. We will continue to urge that dialogue is the only way to achieve a lasting solution,” said CARICOM chairman, and host Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris

He commended Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and the Secretary-General of CARICOM for “promoting and supporting a peaceful resolution to the situation in Venezuela.”

In a statement published on CARICOM’s website after the summit, the organization said, “The Community maintains that the solution must come from among the Venezuelan people and abides by the internationally recognized and accepted principles of non-interference and non-intervention in the affairs of states, respect for sovereignty, adherence to the rule of law, and respect for human rights and democracy.”

CARICOM has intended to play a leading role in trying to diffuse the situation in the South American country of Venezuela where Opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president, is leading an effort to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office.

Guaido has the backing of the United States and several other right-wing governments in the region, while many nations in the global south, continue to recognize President Maduro as the country’s legitimate president despite pressure from western nations.

Over the last weekend, the military in Venezuela prevented the so-called aid from Washington from entering the country through Brazil and Colombia and United States Vice President Mike Pence met with Guaido in Bogota Monday amid reports of more sanctions being imposed on Caracas.

In later meetings, Harris, who led a CARICOM delegation to Uruguay, is expected to bring all the leaders up-to-date on the Montevideo Mechanism in response to the call by the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to find a pathway to a peaceful resolution through dialogue and from a position of respect for International Law and Human Rights.

Earlier this month, Harris said the proposal presents “the only objective mechanism” to address the complex political situation in Venezuela and that it is the only initiative available for international actors “who want to see peace in Venezuela.

“We expect that the Montevideo Mechanism will become a landmark document in terms of moving forward. Not only will it survive in the context of what is happening in the Republic of Venezuela, but I believe it provides a platform, if you will, a framework for engagement in other disputes that would impact upon us,” Harris said.

As the Venezuela crisis continues, a political situation is unfolding in Guyana,where the coalition government of President David Granger has collapsed after the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had been able to successfully move a motion of no confidence in the National Assembly Dec. 21, 2018, where the government had enjoyed a one-seat majority.

The Granger administration has since filed a motion in the Appeal Court seeking to overturn a High Court ruling in January that the motion was valid and which refused to provide a conservatory order, thereby halting the 90 day period required by the Guyana Constitution for new elections to be held — once a motion has been successfully passed against the government.

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Simultaneously in Haiti, the only French-speaking member within the CARICOM group, political protests over government corruption and high oil prices have also been ongoing.

President Jovenel Moise, who took up office in 2017 following protracted elections, is under pressure from opposition parties to step down over his handling of domestic affairs as well as the use of funds under the PetroCaribe an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela.

Several people have died since the street demonstrations started. In an earlier statement,  CARICOM said the organization “is deeply concerned about the continuing violent protests in Haiti, which have resulted in the loss of life, property, destruction of infrastructure and caused grave distress.”

“The Community calls for calm and a cessation of the violence, appealing to all involved to engage in constructive dialogue and to respect the Constitution, the rule of law and democratic processes so that issues can be resolved in a peaceful atmosphere and allow for the return to a state of normalcy,” CARICOM said. President Moise has already indicated that he does not intend to step down, acknowledging that “the crisis we are going through is very serious”.

In all of this, the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said that enhancing regional air and maritime transportation and further advancing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) that allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labour and services, across the region, will be among the matters for deliberation.

President Maduro: We believe in a world where the diversity of ideas is respected

February 26 2019

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The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, confirmed on Tuesday the need to create a multipolar world committed to respecting the diversity of ideas, opposed to what imperialism intends to impose.

“We believe in a multipolar world, in which the diversity of ideas is respected. We have our model, which is opposed to the only thought that the supremacists of the White House intend to impose on us, “the Head of State wrote on the social network Twitter.

The National President confirmed on Tuesday that Venezuela is under attack from imperialism because of its democratic vision.

“We do not seek it, we do not ask for it, but Venezuela is today in the world geopolitical epicenter of the dispute between the imperial vision, unipolar, aggressive of the gringo empire or the democratic, multipolar vision of coexistence and harmony and dialogue of the people of the world. “, Said the Head of State, during the graduation ceremony of students of Integral Community Medicine.

Since the beginning of the Bolivarian Revolution, 20 years ago, the United States Government has not ceased its aggressions and interference against the sovereignty of Venezuela.

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Maduro: “If Trump cares about the people of Latin America, he should open his borders”

February 26 2019

nicolas maduro feb 2019In an interview with ABC News, the Venezuelan president said that his US
counterpart does not want to help the Venezuelans, but wants a war for oil.

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, granted an interview to journalist Tom Llamas, of ABC News, where he rejected the view that the president of the United States wanted to collaborate with the Venezuelans: “When has Donald Trump been interested in the fate of the world?”, he said ironically, as the tension between Caracas and Washington increases.
At the same time, he added that “if Trump really cares about the people of Latin America, he should open the doors of the border to the Mexicans, Hondurans, Guatemalans and Colombians he is pursuing from the border.” In addition, he insisted that the Republican would have to grant work permits and visas to millions of Latinos, in case he is worried about their situation.
According to the South American leader, USA in reality “wants a war for oil”. At the same time, he warned: “No one should be deceived, all this is a Hollywood show of supposed ‘humanitarian aid’, but it hides the true intentions of an escalation to control and dominate our country.”
Willing to talk with Trump
Asked what he would say to Trump if he were in front of him, and Maduro said: “You will always have in me someone who is prepared, with our differences, to extend my hand and talk about a peaceful dialogue”.
In this vein, the Venezuelan president said that beyond the US president, his main fear lies in the President’s closest advisers: “John Bolton, an extremist and expert of the Cold War; Elliott Abrams, a liar who trafficked coca, weapons and drugs in Central America and the world, and brought war to the US; Mike Pompeo, a CIA agent who has an outdated intelligence scheme, also from the Cold War; and Mike Pence, a man who does not know world politics and who ignores Latin American policy, “he said.
Conflict at the borders
In recent days, the conflict focused on the borders that Venezuela has with Colombia and Brazil, where the alleged ‘humanitarian aid’ was supposed to enter, an action that was denied by the local authorities: “We did what we had to do to defend the border in peace,” he said. In turn, he added that “the humanitarian aid” was intended to “put on a show.”  “The US wanted to escalate the situation with violence to justify subsequent military threats.”

“The US should give humanitarian aid to its 40 million poor people”.

In this regard, he questioned: “What would the United States do if a caravan of trucks tried to cross its border without the authorization of the relevant authorities?” Along these lines, Maduro continued to deny Washington’s presumed interest in the well-being of Latin Americans, recalling his immigration policy: “President Donald Trump, when the Honduran immigrant caravan arrived with more than 200 people, said that if they approached the border, I would shoot them. ”
“The US should give humanitarian aid to its 40 million poor people”.
“We have seen people eating from garbage in Caracas,said the interveiwer.” Quickly, Maduro replied: “The US has 40 million poor people, why do not they see themselves on television?” Ah, because they come to put on a show, Hollywood style, Scene one, shows someone eating in Venezuela from the garbage. ”
Continuing with the ironies, the leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) insisted: “If the elite that governs the US wants to provide some humanitarian aid, it should give it to their 40 million poor people who are suffering, without housing. , without health, social security or work “.
“Guaidó must face justice”
The leader of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself president of the country on January 23 and obtained recognition from the US, among other countries of the world, is outside of the national territory even though it was restricted to do so by a precautionary measure.

About this, Llamas asked him if he would allow him to return, but the interviewee was blunt: “He can not just come and go, he will have to face justice, which forbade him to leave the country.”
Then the president asked the interviewer a question, reversing roles: “If a court of law tells Donald Trump or Barack Obama that they can not leave the country during a judicial investigation, but they left and came back. US law? ” And he concluded: “Nothing more, that each one reaches his own conclusions”.
Uncomfortable moment
On the other hand, Llamas said that around 500 people died due to the direct responsibility of the Maduro Administration: “Why do the people who protest against you end up dead or in jail?” He lashed out. However, that information was denied: “No human rights organization has made me responsible for any death You’re lying, Tom Do not lie, you’re like Trump,” the Venezuelan told him.
At the insistence of the ABC News worker, the politician said: “You have made a mistake as a journalist.” Also, President Maduro noted that Venezuela has “full freedom of political expression, opinion and free press.” Finally, he explained that the opposition has a majority in Parliament.”

Venezuela Condemns Staged Operation at Border with Colombia

Source:  TeleSUR
February 23 2019

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teleSUR correspondent in Venezuela said Venezuelan immigration Police were securing the border point and that members of the Venezuelan army were deployed at the scene.

A group of low-level soldiers of the Venezuelan National Guard Saturday took over multiple armored vehicles that belong to the Venezuelan force and rammed into border barriers at the Venezuelan-Colombian border in a staged operation ordered by right-wing opposition members in Colombia.

According to teleSUR reporters at the scene, armored vehicles of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) rammed into the Venezuelan security barrier installed in the Simon Bolivar international bridge and then three attackers fled to Colombia where they were received by two leaders of the Venezuelan far right.

Securing the border point

teleSUR correspondent in Venezuela Madeleine García said that Venezuelan immigration Police were securing the border point and that members of the Venezuelan army were deployed at the scene. “Three soldiers were moved to Colombian territory, but not all the armed forces of Venezuela.”

Garcia said that at least one member of the border security force was injured in the staged attack as well as a Chilean photographer who was at the scene.

The incident comes as the right-wing opposition attempts to illegally enter so-called humanitarian aid provided by the United States into Venezuelan territories.

Images circulated Saturday on the social networks of Colombian military officers accompanied by U.S. military personnel who were on the border of Colombia under the Las Tienditas bridge crossing the border. Images of several drones were also captured flying over the Colombian side of the Las Tienditas bridge.

The Venezuelan administration closed the passage completely and temporarily on the Simón Bolívar, Unión and Santander bridges, alleging “serious and illegal threats attempted by the Government of Colombia against the peace and sovereignty of Venezuela.”

Duque trying damage peace in Venezuela

Local authorities at the state of Táchira denounced that the government of President Duque is trying to damage peace in Venezuela by complying with the orders given by U.S. President  Donald Trump. “Duque is trying to damage the peace of Venezuela and is attacking” a sister nation, despite this “we are still here calmly and peacefully,” he said.

He pointed out that the majority of Venezuelan officials are firm in defending the country and will not surrender to subordinated empires or government.

After the incident, Venezuelan citizens arrived at the Simón Bolívar bridge with slogans and posters in favor of peace and in support of the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

US Plans to Deliver Arms to Venezuelan Opposition, Russia Warns

Source:  TeleSUR
February 22 2019

  • Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a press conference in Moscow, Russia, Mar. 15, 2018.

    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a press conference in Moscow, Russia, Mar. 15, 2018. | Photo: EFE

The United States hidden actions against Venezuela could unleash an internal armed struggle.

The Russian government warned Friday that the United States and its allies from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of planning to deliver arms to the Venezuelan opposition.

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“We have evidence that U.S. companies and their NATO allies are working on the issue of acquiring a large batch of weapons and ammunition in an Eastern European country for their subsequent transfer to Venezuelan opposition forces,” the Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said.

“The batch will reportedly include heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, portable missile launchers and ammunition for light weapons and artillery systems. So this is what they mean when they talk about delivering humanitarian aid.”

Zakharova also spoke of the U.S. President Donald Trump’s words, which were addressed to the Venezuelan military, urging them to ignore the orders of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

“The U.S. direct call that took place these days, aimed at the Venezuelan military, urging them to ignore the orders of the legitimate leader of the country, represents the height of cynicism,” Zakarova said.

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Her statement comes amid an escalation of tensions in the South American country due to the destabilizing actions carried out by the US-backed Venezuelan opposition, which announced its intention to deliver ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to the country on Feb. 23.

On Thursday, at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, also warned that the U.S. is preparing an “outrageous” provocation in Venezuela under the pretext of delivering humanitarian aid.

“Apparently, in a provocative frenzy, our U.S. colleagues, who are now preparing an outrageous and obvious provocation on the Colombia-Venezuela border, were too enthusiastic and decided to participate in hints and propagations of fake news in the Security Council,” the Russian diplomat said.

The Russian Spokeswoman also warned of the seriousness of the incidents that the U.S. government could trigger as it tries to destabilize President Maduro.

“The development of events in Venezuela has come to a critical point… On Feb. 23, a dangerous large-scale provocation is set to take place, instigated by the Washington-led crossing of the Venezuelan border with a so-called humanitarian convoy, which may lead to clashes between supporters and opponents, forming a convenient pretext for military action to remove the current legitimate president from government”, Zakharova said.

The United States and its right-wing allies in Latin America have come out in support of a right-wing coup attempt against the Venezuelan government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro after they supported a decision by opposition lawmaker, named Juan Guaido, to declare himself an “interim president” of Venezuela on Jan. 23 in violation of the country’s constitution.

In return, Maduro has repeatedly called for the restoration of talks between his government and the opposition in order to maintain peace and avoid a U.S.-backed coup, or even military intervention by the United States in favor of removing him and placing an unelected right-wing government.

Guiado and his allies U.S. allies have so far responded to such calls by escalation and rejection of any dialogue. They continue to call for the military to intervene, while sources in the United States have revealed that Trump is “seriously considering” military intervention into Venezuela if Maduro does not step down.

To further the pressure, the United States imposed harsh economic sanction on the Venezuelan oil industry and its national oil company, while also blocking the bank accounts of the Venezuelan state in the United States, vowing to only remove such restrictions when Guiado achieves control of the state institutions.