Gonsalves Questions Closed Door Meeting Of UN Security Council On Venezuela

At a cocktail held in honour of the delegates attending the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, Prime Minister, Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves expressed concerns about a closed-door meeting at the UN Security Council in New York with Venezuela, on Wednesday 17th May, 2017. Prime Minister Gonsalves and his wife,

Prime Minister Gonsalves and his wife, Mrs. Eloise Gonsalves hosted the cocktail at his official residence in Old Montrose on Thursday, May 18th, 2017.

“Now somebody needs to tell me how Venezuela becomes a security question to appear before the Security Council,” Dr. Gonsalves stated.  He referred to Former United States President, Mr Barack Obama statements at the Summit of the Americas in Panama: “He told us also at a pre-meeting with Caricom in Jamaica that Venezuela as a security issue for the United States, [that it was]… way, way down the totem pole you can hardly recognise it.

He [Former President Obama] said we have more serious problems higher up… but how is it Venezuela is now a security problem?”

The Prime Minister emphasized that he was “not making any accusation about anybody which is collapsing or dying or decaying.  I am making no such comment.  I am just making a general statement.”   He added that dialogue is very important in matters in political matters; “we have to always have dialogue and we must have conversations.  In the case of Venezuela we must do so.”

The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization was held at the National Insurance Services Conference Room from Tuesday 16th – 18th May, 2017.  It focused on the “Future for decolonization in the Non-Self Governing Territories. What are the Prospects?”

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  1. Hon Prime Minister Venezuela is indeed a security concern for the Region. I can tell you this as a security expert.Venezuela is on the verge of a civil war. A civil war would severely affect our Southern Caribbean neighbours by triggering mass migration. It would also create a vacuum for the likes of Russia, Cuba and the United States that may potentially result in factions within the country that will become problematic to Columbia, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. The latter being CARICOM States, which by our Treaty obligations can put us at odds with each other.
    Honourable Prime Minister you cannot speak for the masses of Vincentian on this topical issue. There is no denial that Venezuela has been very good to SVG but this should not prevent you from opposing whether silently or otherwise President Maduro’s handling of this matter. I believe that you should use your leverage as a friend of the Maduro’s Government to bring a peaceful and democratic end to this dilemma or otherwise we are likely to have a similar situation as that which is currently occurring in Syria.

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