MADURO INVITES CARICOM TO MEDIATE
Written by George Grant on July 14, 2017
President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has formally written to and extended an invitation for dialogue to CARICOM’s Chairman and Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell.
In a letter dated July 7, 2017, and received by Grenada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and subsequently by Prime Minister Mitchell, President Maduro expressed that he “wholeheartedly welcomes the valuable proposal contained in that Communiqué offering the Good Offices of [CARICOM] to reactivate an agenda of constructive dialogue among the political sectors of [our] country.”
In that regard, President Maduro invited Prime Minister to a work meeting in Caracas, Venezuela on July 11th or 12th to determine a specific plan of action to resume the national dialogue in Venezuela.
Regrettably, Prime Minister and CARICOM Chairman, received the letter on July 13th and missed the dates stated in the invitation; but new dates are being determined between CARICOM and the Government of Venezuela to facilitate the visit.
The Venezuelan Foreign Minister was in Grenada during the CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting and met with several leaders individually, including Prime Minister Mitchell, on the margins of the Plenary Session on Thursday, July 6th.
Already, in the wake of the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM held in Grenada last week, Prime Minister Mitchell has moved to activate the decision of the CARICOM Heads to write to President Maduro as well as the leaders of all Opposition Political Parties in Venezuela, informing them of CARICOM’s position on the Venezuela crisis and their offer to act as mediators to facilitate dialogue and a peaceful outcome.