U.S.: Venezuela instability could spread to Caribbean
United States Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier last week urged Caribbean countries to support the U.S. in its position on Venezuela.
“We must also work together to manage the destabilizing crisis of Venezuela and the thousands of Venezuelan migrants who have sought refuge in your countries,” she said at the eighth Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue at the Department of State on Thursday.
She added, “We cannot remain silent on the political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
“It will only continue to worsen as people lack food, water, medicine and electricity.
“As the narco criminal groups continue funneling drugs and crime north into the Caribbean, this instability will spread further into the region.
“We hope additional countries will join the critical mass in the western hemisphere who have chosen to support the Venezuelan people and the leader they have chosen via their constitution, Interim President Juan Guaidó.
“If we oppose foreign intervention, we must cry foul when foreign powers like Russia and Cuba stake a claim by overtly landing military forces on South American territory.
“The United States and all freedom-loving countries should be deeply concerned to the point of action, closer cooperation and support to our neighbors in need.”
Venezuela has been facing a political, economic and humanitarian crisis that has caused millions to leave the country.
In January, The Bahamas was among several Organization of American States (OAS) members to recognize Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim president amid massive protests.
Following a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in March, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said that The Bahamas stood “firm” on its decision to recognize Guaidó as president.
Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said U.S. military intervention in Venezuela is possible.
His comment came after Guaidó went to a military base in Caracas to proclaim the end of socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
What Venezuela’s government described as an “attempted coup”, though, was short-lived.
Maduro remains in power.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield said The Bahamas will not back the U.S. if it decides to take military action in the country.
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