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Feb 7, 2019

Opposition Leader Says Belize’s O.A.S. Ambassador Misspoke

Daniel Gutierrez

Tonight political and economic tensions continue to grow in Venezuela. According to online reports, Venezuelan soldiers have blocked a crossing with trucks and shipping tankers ahead of an aid delivery arranged by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has declared himself interim president. President Nicolás Maduro, who has the support of the army, is not allowing the containers into the country. Numerous countries have recognized Guaido as interim president, but closer to home; CARICOM has joined with Mexico and Uruguay and some E.U. countries in advocating for progressive dialogue and a peaceful resolution, free from any sort of intervention or interference from countries. At a January O.A.S. Special Meeting, Belize’s ambassador stated that the failure of the Venezuelan government is unquestionable. On Wednesday, Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber told News Five that the Ambassador’s statements had the full support of the government and the Prime Minister. Opposition Leader, John Briceño believes that Ambassador Daniel Gutierrez misspoke.


John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“It is unfortunate what Venezuela is going through. They are going through a crisis within themselves, within the government and the opposition. I think we need to do everything possible to help facilitate a peaceful resolution to the issues that are affecting Venezuela. I believe that Belize ambassador to O.A.S. misspoke. I think he spoke beyond where he is supposed to be talking about because first of all we suppose to have a policy from the Government and not a policy from the ambassador. Again I reiterate the issue of non intervention into a country’s affairs but at the same time that we need to do everything possible to be able to find a peaceful resolution to the challenges that countries in our hemisphere are going through and in this case Venezuela, a country that has been so good to us.”

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