Prime Minister Mia Mottley (fourth from left) and the CARICOM delegation as they met with the European Union. (CMC)
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GEORGETOWN – The 15 member regional grouping, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has underscored the importance of the European Union (EU) and the need for member states “to recognise the presence of and exposure of our neighbouring territories in this Venezuelan crisis.”
The statement was issued Thursday, following a meeting with Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The CARICOM delegation was led by Chairman Dr Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis and included Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin La Roque.
During the meeting, the delegation received assurances from the EU that its interests will be welcomed as part of any discussion or mechanism as all parties attempt to work together to bring about a peaceful, sustainable outcome without the use of force and through a process that is owned by the Venezuelan people.
The Uruguay delegation confirmed that in their meeting with the EU the Montevideo Mechanism remains intact and has been reaffirmed by the CARICOM delegation.
The Montevideo Mechanism is a plan which details a pathway to peace in Venezuela. (CMC)