CARICOM has firmly rejected international intervention in Venezuela and said the 15 nations, which form the organization, would maintain its current relations with the South American country.

The statement comes following the hosting of the 29th Inter-sessional meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in Haiti, which ended last Tuesday.

Speaking at the closing press conference Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, reiterated the community’s non-intervention position on the Bolivarian country’s internal affairs.

Gonsalves said: “Caricom’s position on Venezuela… is well established at several (past) meetings of Caricom, and the principles have been enunciated in relation to non-intervention and non-interference.”

According to a report by Telesur, Dr. Gonsalves added that it was in the Caribbean’s interest to work toward “strengthening and supporting” the principles of representative democracy and freedom in Venezuela.

The Vincentian Prime Minister’s statements were supported by Dr. Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who said that his country had responded well to the increase of Venezuelans to its shores.

Haitian President and Caricom Chairman Jovenel Moise declared that the organization should remain a shared space where the Caribbean nations can defend their interests.

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