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CARICOM meets with EU to work toward helping Venezuela

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The Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, and members of his high-level delegation to Montevideo, Uruguay met with the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, today, Thursday, February 7th, 2019.

The Caribbean delegation’s conversation with the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief came a day after CARICOM, Mexico and Uruguay, following a meeting in Montevideo, released details of their plan to resolve Venezuela’s political crisis. The plan, referred to as the Montevideo Mechanism, entails a four-part approach, which comprises dialogue, negotiation, commitments and implementation phases.

During the meeting CARICOM underscored the importance of the need for the EU as an organisation and its individual member states to recognise the presence of and exposure of our neighbouring territories in this Venezuelan crisis.

The CARICOM delegation received assurances from the EU that its interests will be welcomed as part of any discussion or mechanism as all parties attempt to work together to bring about a peaceful, sustainable outcome without the use of force and through a process that is owned by the Venezuelan people.

The Uruguay delegation confirmed that in their meeting with the EU the Montevideo Mechanism remains intact and has been reaffirmed by the CARICOM delegation.

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