Caribbean Community (CARICOM) foreign ministers met with Venezuela’s Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó, who has declared himself the interim president of the South American country, over the past weekend.
The meeting took place in Barbados and while Guaidó was not physically present, he joined the deliberations by video conferencing. Two members of his delegation, were however present for the talks that were also attended by Canadian High Commissioner to Barbados, Marie Legault, who has a long career in international diplomacy.
She is reported to have attended the talks as a member of the Lima Group that has opposed President Nicolas Maduro’s second term as president and voted on a resolution at the Organisation of American States (OAS) to that effect in January.
At least four Caribbean countries, St Lucia, Bahamas, Jamaica and Haiti sided with the Lima Group and last Friday met with United States President Donald Trump to further discuss the Venezuelan situation at his private residence.
Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith, her Trinidad and Tobago counterpart, Dennis Moses, as well as the CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, and the St Kitts-Nevis Foreign Affairs Minister Mark Brantley attended the talks.
St Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris is the current chairman of the 15-member regional integration grouping.
CARICOM leaders at their inter-sessional summit in St Kitts-Nevis last month had reiterated their position of non-interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela and said they were prepared to mediate in the process to bring about a peaceful resolution to the crisis.