Director of Regional and African Affairs at the Emancipation Support Committee, Kafra Kambon says he supports the sale of fuel to US-sanctioned Venezuela.
“If in fact, anyone in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago used a circuitous route to sell oil to Venezuela, I am in support of that action. I only hope that they covered their tracks well enough to avoid the sniffing hounds of the treacherous (Dr Roodal) Moonilal and other political opportunists and the spying capacity of the US Government,” Kambon said in a long post on social media on Saturday.
Ironically, while asking people to cover their tracks if acting against sanctions, Kambon said the “issues here are moral, legal and, from the point of self-interest, tactical.
“Trinidad and Tobago has a legal right, under international law, as well as a moral and practical obligation to support Venezuela. If the Government sold oil directly or indirectly to Venezuela they did not breach any national law and, according to the Charter of the United Nations, they did not breach any international law.”
Kambon’s statement is similar to ones Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made on Friday during an address to the media. At that time, Rowley said that US sanctions are not the same as international law.
“What is the morality in supporting or in any way giving credibility to the United States position? The Trump regime, morally bankrupt and a danger to the world as well as the US itself, for its own reasons, decided to sanction Venezuela,” he said.
“They have a few lackeys in the Caribbean including countries that survived hard times largely due to the generosity of the Venezuelan government with its Petro Caribe program. Now with the systematic impoverishment of their benefactor by sanctions, they are prepared to create strains in CARICOM by prostituting themselves for a few US dollars.”
T&T, under former prime minister Patrick Manning, abstained from participating in the Petro Caribe agreement because he was concerned about Venezuelan overreach in the country.
“Apart from our moral and humanitarian obligation to Venezuela, our own self-interest is involved. If the regime in Venezuela collapses through US sanctions or US military intervention Trinidad and Tobago will be faced with a catastrophe even worse than possible illegal and immoral US sanctions against our country,” he said.
Kambon warned that a Venezuelan collapse would “detonate a demographic bomb that could land tens of thousands more desperate refugees here than the country could absorb. Some will land with the guns they now have in hand for the defence of their homeland.”
Reporter: Renuka Singh