Don’t interfere!

Comissiong warns that Guyana and Venezuela alone must settle their differences

Social activist David Comissiong has sounded a warning to Barbados and the rest of  the Caribbean, amid the ongoing Venezuela/Guyana territorial dispute.

He is firmly of the view that outside powers are seeking to drive a wedge between these South American neighbours.

Comissiong Thursday night named the United States as one of the divisive powers during his presentation during a panel discussion marking the launch of the Caribbean Chapter of the of the think-tank group, ‘Network in Defence of Humanity’.

Among those in attendance were Cuban Ambassador Francisco Pena; Venezuelan Ambassador Jose Febres, Opposition Member of Parliament Trevor Prescod and political scientist George Belle.

Caracas has recently revived its claim to over two-thirds of Guyana’s western territory, but Georgetown has rejected the claim, pointing to an 1899 settlement of borders as the final decision.

With the matter now being addressed by the United Nations, Comissiong has charged that foreign powers are seeking to destabilize Venezuela, which he said has been a leader in regional development efforts that are beneficial to the Caribbean.

“Whenever a force emerges in our region that is really threatening the interests of the imperialist powers, and it is promising to take us forward, it is always attacked and isolated,” Comissiong said, warning, “we need to learn from history.

“We’ve seen it played out time and time again.”

He said that one way of destroying such developmental forces, whether it was an organisation or government,  was to have them isolated by outside powers using strategies of divide and rule.

“On that note I want to say we must be very careful with this Guyana/Venezuela border dispute.

“We must not permit powerful countries that do not mean us well to use that legitimate difference of opinion between two sister territories, as a wedge to further the division, as an instrument to foster contention and confusion in our region, and as a weapon to destroy perhaps the most progressive regime that has the potential to help us all go forward.”

Describing the launch of the Caribbean chapter of the think tank as an important occasion in his life, veteran regional activist, Bobby Clarke said it marks, “the refreshing of an era that might start to make the Caribbean understand the importance of being the Caribbean.

“We are a scattered set of little islands without leadership, ideas, dreams and our generations before us have suffered all of those years.”

UWI Lecturer  Dr Tennyson Joseph said that the Caribbean Chapter of the ‘Network in Defence of Humanity’ was in answer to the feeling of disconnection among regional people.

“In all of our years of having a so-called Caribbean integration movement we do not have any grassroots movement that is specifically existing for the purpose of  integrating our region.

“Which is why, unless we do what we are doing tonight, the thing will always be a discussion of technocrats, heads of
government, but with no connection to the people.”

7 Responses to Don’t interfere!

  1. jrsmith October 24, 2015 at 9:30 am

    We have this idea , when things don’t work for us ,we find others to blame, our problems is our own failures, a generation has done nothing to motive our present young people, we have lost our culture, and lost that heritage which would be the motivation of our young, the failure of a generation, who the only activity of motivation , is to build churches every where they can, spend more than half of they lives ,praying. and waiting on god. and this this must be accepted as the being and ending of it all.

    Its hard to consider, why our people would want at any costs to build 100 churches, which adds nothing economical to our islands , but find it ever so difficult to invest in couple businesses. we are a people has nothing to offer that’s why we are struggling in and out of economic depressions, the never ending cycle, our peoples ,has an implantation in they minds of being good and going to heaven, this was put there by the new generation of past slave master, to keep black people in line.

    Why then we want reparation, for what ,when they have been promised ,milk and honey flowing from the pearly gates.

    We are not going anywhere , we would be at the same cross roads ,50 years from now.

    As to the involvement ,the issue ,Guyana and Venezuela, you all say not to get involve , but you then making stupid comments, you all always could find fixes for other peoples problems , but nothing to fix our own. just shut up leave this alone, like many other issues we are easing ourselves into.

  2. carson c cadogan October 24, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Nobody takes him seriously anyway.

  3. carson c cadogan October 24, 2015 at 11:04 am

    David Comissiong tries his best to get into the newspapers as often as he can in order to drum up business for his Law practice.

    The news media in Barbados ought to start charging him full advertising rates for him to appear on their news media.

    Nothing he says make any sense.

    • Olutoye Walrond October 24, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      You know aht they say, Carson: wisdom is too high for a fool.

      • carson c cadogan October 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm

        speaking about yourself?

  4. lswiltshire October 24, 2015 at 12:18 pm



  5. David October 24, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    david Comissoomg is trapped on a political ideology that has been defeated. Why doesn’t David ComissiJong speaks about the blatant racism against Black Venezuelans And Black Cubans by those so-called progressive governments Give me a break Comissong with your clap trap nonsense


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