In a media release, Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dr Amery Browne said that the government would continue to participate in meetings of the Organisation of American States (OAS), but not in motions put forth by representatives of Venezuela.
This comes after T&T absented itself from a vote which condemned Venezuela’s recent elections as fraudulent last month. At the time, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley did not recognise the representative of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as a proper representative for the South American country.
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro won control of the National Assembly after parliamentary elections in December 2020, which the opposition mostly boycotted.
The full statement from the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom affairs appears below:
The Organization of American States (OAS) is a significant hemispheric organization that has served an important mandate since its inception. Trinidad and Tobago values highly the contribution of the OAS and recognizes the importance of ensuring that there is no compromise to the organization’s integrity and that of its legitimate members.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago will therefore continue to participate actively in the meetings and deliberations convened by the organization, including voting on matters and resolutions as required and as appropriate.
As recently emphasised by Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the representatives of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to the OAS will continue to determine participation in voting and the country’s voting position at the OAS, based on the Government’s stance on the issues under consideration by the organization’s members.
Trinidad and Tobago will not participate in or vote in support of any motion put forward or sponsored by or on behalf of a purported representative of Venezuela (a country which withdrew from the OAS in 2017), or of any other country, who is improperly seated at meetings of the OAS.