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Feb 27, 2014

PM speak on uprising in Venezuela

Dean Barrow

There is currently civil unrest which has resulted in numerous casualties in Venezuela, as troops mass to quell anti-government protests. Normally, while that would be cause for interest and commiseration it wouldn’t enter the realm of serious concern locally. But there is, not least because the entire infrastructure works being carried out today are being funded by the Petrocaribe initiative, made possible by the largesse of Venezuela.  The initiative, however, is dependent on the stability of the Venezuelan government. Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke on the situation in Venezuela, stating that, as a nation, Belize cannot support any move to oust a constitutionally elected government.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Naturally, we’ve been observing the situation with a great deal of disquiet because whenever you are seeing images of violence and whenever you are hearing death tolls that reach in excess of a dozen, by last count, you have to be concerned. Venezuela is a sister country, a member of the O.A.S. and we do have the excellent bilateral relations with them. I’m not quite sure what happens in terms of the possibility of some kind of external effort at conciliation mediation. There is a suggestion coming from Panama that the O.A.S. at the Foreign Minister level should try to mount some sort of a mission. I believe there is a resistance to that on the basis that the O.A.S. is dominated by the United States of America—something that I don’t particularly accept. All I will say is that we are ready, perhaps anxious, to be part of any initiative that could help to broker some kind of understanding going forward. We, I am not going to….there are Belizeans with Venezuelan roots that view what is happening very passionately and would like to see this government take a particular stand. I will say this; by however narrow a margin, Maduro was legitimately elected. We cannot support any notion of the illegal removal of a constitutional government.”

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2 Responses for “PM speak on uprising in Venezuela”

  1. Rod says:

    This is what is going to happen to you judas barrow it would have happened long ago if belizeans were not such cowards but your day is coming get ready

  2. LOL says:

    We need to support Nicolas Maduro! Under his government, they are helpoing Belize through petrocaribe.

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