Caricom source thinks Trump out to split OAS vote

T&T blanked!

T&T’s Prime Min­is­ter Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley and the lead­ers of two oth­er coun­tries who re­cent­ly sought peace in Venezuela’s cri­sis aren’t among the five Caribbean lead­ers who’ve been in­vit­ed to meet US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to­mor­row on is­sues, in­clud­ing Venezuela.

While Row­ley wasn’t on that in­vi­ta­tion list, as word of Trump’s meet­ing was an­nounced by the White House yes­ter­day, US Am­bas­sador Joseph Mon­del­lo held dis­cus­sions with Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar at her Port-of-Spain of­fice.

CARICOM leaders against politicising humanitarian aid to Venezuela

CARICOM leaders are concerned that humanitarian aid to Venezuela is being politicised. 

At the conclusion of the 30th inter-sessional meeting of the conference of heads of government of Caricom in St. Kitts, Nevis, a joint communique was issued with an official statement on the recent escalation of tensions in Venezuela. 

CARICOM reiterated its call for meaningful dialogue to bring an end to the ongoing conflict in the South American nation.  

PM leaves for Caricom meeting in St Kitts

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley leaves for St Kitts and Nevis today where he will attend a Caricom meeting.

According to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister, on the agenda are discussions on the Caricom Single Market and Economy which was the focus of a special meeting of heads in this country last December.

Heads of government will also examine recommendations from a special meeting of the Caricom council for trade and economic development on transportation.

Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs, Dennis Moses will accompany Dr Rowley on the trip.

Montevideo mechanism established to deal with Venezuelan crisis

A mechanism has been devised to address the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Venezuela.

Caricom leaders, including prime minister Dr. Keith Rowley, along with the governments of Uruguay and Mexico have established the Montevideo mechanism. 

It was the major outcome of a meeting in Uruguay this morning where countries and organisations who've taken a non-interventionist approach to the crisis gathered to discuss the way forward.

Russia, Lima Group back Caricom position on Venezuela

The Cari­com del­e­ga­tion which left yes­ter­day for the Uruguay con­fer­ence on Venezuela is en­ter­ing the talks as oth­er in­ter­na­tion­al play­ers - in­clud­ing the Li­ma Group and Rus­sia - have al­so mount­ed calls for peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of the Venezue­lan cri­sis and di­a­logue to­wards this.