Amid calls for a military uprising in Venezuela, the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday that it hopes for a peaceful resolution in the country, and called upon authorities in the country to protect the human rights of its people.
This comes after Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Tuesday called for the support of the military in an attempt to oust President Nicolas Maduro, who was elected for a second term last year in what many international organizations have said was an illegitimate election.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday that U.S. military action in Venezuela is “possible”.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is monitoring the deteriorating situation in Venezuela with concern,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The government of The Bahamas calls upon the Venezuelan authorities to safeguard the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the Venezuelan people.
“The government of The Bahamas expresses the hope that a peaceful resolution is realized in accordance with resolutions adopted by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter American Democratic Charter which all member states have accepted.”
Despite its decision to recognize Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not indicate whether it plans to support Guaidó’s call for an uprising, or whether it would support U.S. intervention in the country.
In January, OAS members passed a resolution to not recognize Maduro, with The Bahamas voting in favor.
Later in the month, The Bahamas announced that it would recognize Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela, after he proclaimed himself the interim leader of the country.
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell yesterday criticized the ministry’s statement, calling it hypocritical.
“This [Free National Movement] FNM government abandoned the country’s principle of non-interference in the affairs of other countries,” he said.
“Instead it helped to foment the disorder we now see, condemning the present Venezuelan government as illegitimate, yet it now calls on that same illegitimate government to keep order.
“Our government should always be an honest broker and not promote policies which foment disorder.
“The [Progressive Liberal Party] PLP says The Bahamas has no dog in the hunt and should have stuck to the non-interference principle.”