OAS threat

Gonsalves warns of plot against Venezuela

A wedge is being driven through the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) over a plan for “regime change” in Venezuela, St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves is cautioning.

In a three-page letter to CARICOM leaders and heads of state, a copy of which was obtained by Barbados TODAY, Gonsalves complained that the 15-member grouping was allowing “a small group of powerful nations” within the Organization of American States (OAS) to dilute CARICOM’s collective strength by dividing the regional states in a bid to overthrow the Venezuela government.

“A handful of powerful countries with an agenda of naked self interest has strategically invited select CARICOM countries to their meetings and ignored the others. In the result, they have succeeded in disuniting and weakening CARICOM countries whose only strength lies in our solidarity. This worrying development has been particularly manifest in matters relating to Venezuela,” the Vincentian leader wrote in the letter dated May 10, 2017.

“There is clearly a calculated strategy in place by a group of nations to achieve regime change in Venezuela by using the OAS as a weapon of destruction,” he added.

Gonsalves did not name the offending countries, but Venezuela, like Cuba before it, is convinced that the body is a slave of the United States.

The Vincentian leader also wrote that OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro was a “chosen and willing tool” in the plot to topple the Nicolas Maduro administration.

The Uruguayan had proposed in March that Venezuela should be suspended from the OAS until fresh elections are held, but the proposal received little traction among several members, including Peru, whose president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has been one of Latin America’s more vocal critics of the Maduro administration. However, both the White House and US lawmakers have supported Almagro.

Gonsalves said while CARICOM countries may have concerns about the political, economic and social conditions in Venezuela, “we are all sufficiently seasoned political leaders to know that toppling a government will not end those conditions, particularly when there is no viable, electable single alternative to replace it”.

He said there was a role for CARICOM in promoting dialogue to help resolve the conflict in Venezuela.

However, he warned fellow regional leaders against allowing themselves “to be ambushed into breaking our solidarity and aligning ourselves with fair-weather friends”.

The Vincentian prime minister said it was the very countries seeking the regional grouping’s support to promote their agenda that would throw Caribbean countries under the proverbial bus once their mission was accomplished.

“The countries that lure our nations into supporting their agenda are the ones that are neglectful of our situation and who worsen them by their actions on matters such as the withdrawal of correspondent banking and branding our countries as money launderers, and drugs and firearms traffickers. When they have accomplished their objectives, by breaking our solidarity through having some of us side with them, we will all be relegated to the margins of their concerns-only weaker than we were before,” he cautioned.

Gonsalves has remained a staunched supporter of the Maduro government, amid growing unrest across Venezuela, with at least 38 people killed and hundreds injured during protests that began in early April to demand elections, freedom for jailed activists, foreign humanitarian aid to offset the economic crisis, and autonomy for the opposition-controlled legislature. Maduro accuses the protestors of seeking a violent coup.

Representatives from 18 OAS member states have approved a meeting of foreign ministers scheduled for May 31 in Washington to discuss the Venezuelan crisis.

At the time of writing the letter the meeting was being considered for May 22, not enough time according to Gonsalves for thoughtful attention to “a serious matter”.

He had appealed to his colleagues to demand a delay, possibly until the eve of the OAS general assembly
next month.

It was not clear if he intended to approve his country’s participation in the May 31 meeting.

26 Responses to OAS threat

  1. Jennifer May 16, 2017 at 9:29 am

    United we stand divided we fall. Seeing that we have already fallen as a people and made naked, truly shows that we are very, very, far from being united. Then how can we dear forget the separation and eating from within each island. We the masses have taken on all these man made nationalities, which have SUCCESSFULLY prevented and will keep the masses from regrouping as a people and one nation.
    Now we can see why commissiong was correct in wanting to send a team to Venezuela to investigate. If Barbados is invited to attend this meeting in Washington, what exactly will the delegation say to an already greased, armored and well prepared missile launcher.

  2. BimJim May 16, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Amazing how one dictator can find so many ways to seek protection for another dictator. Both are “on the same page”, and BOTH need to be kicked unceremoniously out of office.

    • Tee White May 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

      I’m guessing you don’t know the meaning of the word dictator and that’s why you’ve written this comment.

  3. Alex Alleyne May 16, 2017 at 10:04 am

    “To dilute CARICOM’s collective strength”. What strength does CARRICOM have on the WORLD market ?. You guys cannot even solve simple matters among your selves . LIAT , WICB, CARICOM nationals moving through the Islands freely, not to list the pressing problem of “the movement of drugs, guns and money” up and down the Caribbean.

    • Jennifer May 16, 2017 at 10:11 am

      @Alex A – Stop, you make things look really bad. I tell you it must be that old plantation drunkenness.

  4. Alex Alleyne May 16, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Not forgetting the CCJ.

  5. Tony Webster May 16, 2017 at 11:09 am

    A B.B.C. piece per this past weekend, quoted a usually reliable source, indicating that the total of corruption over the Chavez/ Maduro period, is estimated at approx. USD$60. Yes, Billions.

    Hmmm…I wonder how many rolls of toilet paper this could have bought? Bottles of milk? Loaves of bread? Kilos of sugar? Packets of Paracetemol? Kilos of flour? Beers?

    Por Dios..no shame….nada.

    • Tee White May 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

      I wouldn’y pay much attention to the BBC. It’s notorious for spreading disinformation and fake news.

      • Richard Johnston May 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm

        Perhaps you can give one confirmed example.

        • Tee White May 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

          Iraq’s government under Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Libya’s government under Gaddhaffi was threatening to massacre civilians. Could provide you with loads more if you want.

  6. Peter May 16, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Is Ralph Gonsalves sucking up to Madura for free oil among other things? Venezuelans are very lovely folks at ground level. Madura de la Chaves is hooked on that presidential dictatorship power. He reminds me os Idi Amin Dadas late, of Uganda who not only offered to marry the Queen of UK, but had anyone who opposed him, killed. He had dozens of wives all of whom he abducted, raped, impregnated and abused, He killed thousands of people and had them thrown into the Nile to feed the wild crocodiles, fed the others as meat to the lions, tigers hyenas and wild dogs. Oh Jennifer the dysfunctional reject, He was a black man who incidentally imported white Whores for sexual pleasures.

    • Tee White May 16, 2017 at 11:48 am

      I’m guessing you were there with Mr Amin while he was doing these things. Otherwise how would you know all this stuff? Have you personally spoken to anyone who was involved in these events and had these experiencesor or are you just swallowing western propaganda without asking any questions and putting your brain in gear?

      • Peter May 16, 2017 at 12:02 pm

        As a matter of fact I do. plus. It is all documented in the Human Rights Organization and the United Nations. Go do your friggin research. My contacts are privileged to these and other social and financial investigations which include corruption, slave trading, Insurance fraud, and money laundering among many other crimes of scamming.

        • Tee White May 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm

          The Human Rights Organisation? Which one would that be? People are sick and tired of this white supremacist propaganda. I’ m guessing your human rights organisation has nothing to say about the real dictatorial human rights violators like Tony Blair, George Bush, Hillary Clinton and the rest of the criminals.

    • Jennifer May 16, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      good for him, poor fellow. The white man did it with blacks. Pu$$ is pu$$.

  7. Peter May 16, 2017 at 11:55 am

    The one seemingly way our Caribbean can unite as one is that it must start with two countries bonding as a first, a single economy, with free trading, same taxation laws, same currency exchange same payment systems, same health care systems
    with a double parliamentary system under one roof. A united police and legal system, education. MOST IMPORTANTLY! Freedom of movement by its citizens. No passports nor immigration processing, only record keeping and that can be acquired through an ID system. Ownership and operations of land can be done in any of those two bodies by any legally registered citizen. Results? two amalgamated bodies of people, bonding in several ways including culturally, will be so successful that other Caribbean countries will want to become a part of this… NO INSULARIY. I love you Caribbean.

  8. Sheron Inniss May 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I read and I know that a lot of fake news out there. For me an old book/newspaper is news if I have never seen it before. Venezuela may be going through rough times but you know what, I know how the USA and other so called big players operate. HISTORY for all to see.

  9. Peter May 16, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I am not defending the USA here. Madura is a dictator. He even tried to avert attention by threatening Guyana, which has an abundance of wealth with not only the discovery of world volume amounts of oil and natural Gas, That man is punishing his own people relentlessly. no food, especially baby foods, no commodities, women have to stuff two and three folded panties to pad the one they wear during their menstrual periods. That is no lie. I have several Venezuelan friends I recently sent a small list of items to her in San Remo, a fishing village with a few hotels. This is disgusting. it hurts, the border patrol accepts small bribes for the added welfare of their loved ones. The US under Trump is in total havoc. It proves that white racism has raised its head and vowing to take back America. But face the truth man. America or no America, Madura is BAD.

    • Tee White May 16, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      @Peter what is your definition of a dictator? Someone who has different political views to you? What evidence do you have that Maduro is a dictator?and please research your facts before putting them forward. CNN/BBC propaganda doesn’t
      count as facts.

  10. Peter May 16, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Bajans better watch it. Trinidadians own and control a lot of Barbados. They own land, businesses, private properties, they even own a Real Estate company which negotiates sales primarily for Wealthy Trinidadian individuals. Check it out for yourselves. Massa days gone but Massey days come.

  11. Alex Alleyne May 16, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Not a BAJAN anywhere for a Bajan to get a mortgage .

  12. Francis May 16, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Tee White defending the atrocities committed by Iditarod Amin
    Aka Dada!!
    Best joke of the week

    • Tee White May 16, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      @Francis not defending a thing but sick and tired of this racism where black people can be denounced in any terms but the real white supremacist dictatorial murderers like Blair, Bush, Clinton and the rest of the criminals get a free pass. Tired of the double standard and black people promoting it. If we are against oppression and violation of human rights don’t only be against it when black politicians carry it out, stand up against it when the rich white politicians do worse.

      • Jennifer May 16, 2017 at 8:43 pm

        @Tee white – Wow. Sweet. 1000% correct. They kill and see not. And the majority agree with them too in the name of world PEACE when the world is in more war than ever before. One of the mistakes you will make on here is thinking someone is white or black when they are not. But you can tell the color especially when they keep defending and upholding the injustice of blacks.

  13. Alex Alleyne May 16, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    High-fliers moving women up an down the Caribbean picking fares.
    The need for a CARICOM ID card with a fingerprint.
    Just some of the things that you Leaders should focus on and get them going.

  14. flakes May 16, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Can’t even come to a flying fish agreement


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