CARICOM joins Montevideo Mechanism on Venezuela

Heads of Government from CARICOM have joined their counterparts from Mexico and Uruguay in formalising a plan to address the complex situation in Venezuela, through an initiative called the Montevideo Mechanism.

The CARICOM leaders have called for a non-interventionist policy regarding Venezuela where Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó, backed by the United States and several other western countries, has declared himself the interim leader.

Russia, China and Cuba are among countries that are supporting President Nicolas Maduro who was sworn into office last month for a second consecutive term as Head of State.

A statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister in Trinidad and Tobago said the initiative involves creating conditions for direct contact among the parties involved, seeking to find common ground and identify potential agreements, and the construction and subscription of  agreements based on the results of the negotiation phase.

The fourth phase is described as the Implementation Phase.

The CARICOM delegation is scheduled to have a meeting with the European Union delegation Contact Group on Thursday.

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