SVG’s representative, Sen. Carlos James, St. Lucia’s Minister of Agriculture, Moses Jean Baptiste, and President of the Grenada Senate, Chester Humphrey with Venezuela’s Vice President, Aristóbulo Istúriz.

Vincentian senator, Carlos James, has expressed his country’s support for the democratically elected government of Venezuela headed by President Nicolás Maduro, saying that the South American nation has recently been the focus of a lot of international attention due to mounting political tensions and other challenges that have posed some difficulty.

James’ comments came as he addressed a parliamentary group meeting of member states of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Caracas.

The parliamentary grouping, which focuses on sovereignty and unity within the regional bloc, met at an extra-ordinary meeting in Caracas ahead of Venezuela’s activities to commemorate its 206th anniversary of Independence.

James told the meeting, whose attendees included Venezuela’s Vice-President, Aristóbulo Istúriz, that while St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) does not have a practice of meddling in the domestic affairs of other countries, it is important for regional groupings such as CARICOM and CELAC to condemn strongly any attempts to destabilise democratically elected governments across the region.

“I speak strongly on this issue as Venezuela has contributed a lot to deepening south-south relations and has assisted many of the countries within the regional bloc through their social programmes. We cannot turn a blind eye to the economic and political challenges they are now facing, which from all reports are well orchestrated to destabilise the government through extraordinary means,” James said.

He said the region must deepen the integration process in order to promote the protection and promotion of independence, sovereignty and unity in diversity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Showing solidarity is not enough; we must now look at greater collaboration in trade, tourism and strengthening existing alliances and programmes such as ALBA and Petrocaribe.”

During the session, which was held ahead of President Maduro’s address to the nation in Bolivar Square, the parliamentary network agreed in principle that “attacks on progressive governments of the region pose a serious threat to the rights of our peoples and to the advancement of on-going unity processes in our region”.

The grouping also urged “the Bolivarian Government to further develop policies for the stabilisation of the national economy and further deepen the model of social protection for the Venezuelan people, created by the Bolivarian Revolution” a draft declaration outlined.

Solidarity with Ecuador as it recovers from a recent earthquake was also a topic at the meeting.

Maduro said during his national address in Bolivar Square that he authorised an airlift of humanitarian aid to Ecuador, which was struck by a magnitude 7.8 on Saturday.

More than 500 persons have died as a result of the earthquake and thousands have been injured.

As part of his two-day visit to Venezuela, which ends on Wednesday, James also visited and held discussions with Kingstown’s ambassador to Caracas, Andreas Wickham.

3 replies on “SVG calls for more regional support for Venezuela”

  1. C. ben-David says:

    Support for a wicked regime = wickedness

    Support for a corrupt regime = corruption

    Support for an incompetent regime = incompetence

    Support for a failed regime = failure

    Support for a despised government = despicable

  2. Brown Boy USA says:

    Carlos James, what about support for your own people against victimization and political polarization? Charity begins at home!

  3. The central bank of Venezuela has not published economic statistics since the end of 2014, but in a recent statement said Venezuela’s economy shrank 4.5% in the first nine months of 2015 and that inflation hit 141.5 percent.

    Maduro called the figures “catastrophic” and announced he has declared an economic emergency, seeking broad powers to address a crippling recession in the oil-dependent country after official figures showed that inflation has spiralled to 141%.

    Parliament now in the hands of those who were until recently the opposition applied to the Court because Maduro should first seek approval from the parliament. The Judges rule that they now realize that the President does not have to seek approval.

    Just like SVG but worse the Judiciary is broken and the President is an undemocratic moron.

    Louis Salas vice president of economy, a Maduro appointee said “We want to reaffirm the trust of the Venezuelan people in the revolution,” he then argued that inflation does not really exist.

    Maduro oversaw the murder and mutilation of rioting students when the Cuban Special forces sent in snipers. Just for that reason we should not be allowing this rather silly young man Carlos James to be running around mouthing Gonsalves policies which most decent Vincentians do not agree with.

    Remember Carlos James fired off a firearm at a public meeting but being ULP he was never arrested for doing so. Yet Ben Exeter a decent young man who was recently robbed when the elections were stolen from him was arrested and charged for having his weapon on him at a public gathering and he did not brandish or fire his weapon.

    Recently workers fro a PepsiCola plant were all arrested when Maduro said they were underproducing to try and bring him down and to damage the economy.

    Now Jesse James as some are now calling him is in Venezuela firing off crap.

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