Prime Minister Harris leads a CARICOM delegation meeting with United Nations President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mrs. Maria Espinosa Garces.

NEW YORK — The unsatisfactory political situation with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was discussed by Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris on Jan. 29 at the Trinidad and Tobago Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the United States Mission to the United Nations.

Dr. Harris met with United Nations President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mrs. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés; Nicaragua UN PR H.E. Mr. Jaime Hermida Castillo; Australia UN PR H.E. Ms. Gillian Bird; South Africa UN PR H.E. Jerry Matthews Matjila; Ambassador of Uruguay, H.E. Elbio Oscar Rosselli Frieri; Ambassador of Brazil H.E. Mauro Luiz Locker Vieira; and South African Ambassador, H.E. Jerry Matthews Matjila.

Thirty-five-year-old Opposition Leader, President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, declared himself interim head of state and has called for fresh elections. He claims that President Nicolás Maduro Moros is illegitimate President of Venezuela because of alleged irregularities including vote rigging in the General Elections of 2018.

President Maduro was sworn in before the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) to begin a six-year term on Jan. 10, with delegations from 94 countries in attendance. Since his inauguration, there have been mass demonstrations in Venezuela led by Guaidó. Countries including the US, France, Spain, Germany, Britain, Canada and several Latin American have thrown their support behind Guaidó.

On Jan. 28, a CARICOM delegation comprising the Honourable Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados; the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago; the Honourable Peter David, Foreign Minister of Grenada; H.E. Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary-General, as well as the Permanent Representatives to the United Nations of these countries met with UN Secretary-General H.E. Antonio Guterres to discuss the situation in Venezuela. CARICOM has called for a peaceful resolution to the situation.

A communique from CARICOM stated that “The United Nations Secretary General extended his offer of good offices, circumstances permitting, to facilitate dialogue and negotiation between the parties. The CARICOM delegation indicated its readiness to work assiduously to bring the parties to the negotiating table.