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Police believe they have enough infor-
mation to make an arrest soon in the mur-
ders of five-year-old Solisha Faith Joseph
and her father, Solomon.
The two were shot dead as they slept at their
Mamoral No 1 home on Friday.
Eight people have so far been questioned.
A relative yesterday said funeral arrangements
were being finalised for father and daughter on
Solisha was a pupil of Caparo RC Primary
School. An autopsy revealed that she was shot
once while her father was shot at twice in the
back. Her father was 36. ---Rhondor Dowlat
Maduro is the only hope
President Nicolás Maduro is
the only guarantee for peace in
Venezuela, Ambassador Coro-
moto Godoy Calderón has said.
Calderón made the statement
during an interview with the
Sunday Guardian held at the Ven-
ezuelan embassy in Port-of-Spain
yesterday. The interview came one
day after a group of Venezuelan na-
tionals living in Trinidad staged an
outside the embassy.
Calderón said out of the 5,000
Venezuelan nationals living in this
country, only 20 people joined the
protest and that should be taken
into consideration to show that
they do not represent the majority.
There is an "aggressive glob-
al campaign" against Venezuela,
"The opposition forces are us-
ing economic sabotage to make the
people hungry so that they will turn
to violence and then blame the gov-
ernment," Calderón said.
The intention is to paint Maduro
as a "dictator" and accuse him of
attacking his people, she said.
Calderón said this was the fur-
thest thing from the truth.
"President Maduro loves Vene-
zuelans and he is committed to his
people and he also has a commit-
ment to the legacy that President
(Hugo) Chávez left," she said,
"This was not out of the blue,
Venezuelans did not wake up one
day and decide let us kill each other
this was part of a plan to derail the
from outside forces
Calderón said the aim was to cre-
ate a negative image internationally
and force intervention from outside
Maduro, however, is the only one
to combat this attempt, she said.
"The only guarantee for peace
in Venezuela is the continuation
of President Maduro in power be-
cause he is the only one with the
political maturity, the sensibility,
the wisdom to control these people
who are power hungry," she said.
Calderón said since 2014 there
has been the advent of "street ter-
rorists" known as the "Guarimbas".
She said the "Guarimbas" or-
chestrated attacks in the country in
an attempt to have Maduro ousted
as the country's president.
Elections are due in 2019.
The "Guarimbas" have returned
again stronger than before and have
been working quite effectively to
create chaos in the country.
The "Guarimbas" attack citi-
zens and Maduro gets the blame,
Calderón said an example of the
"Guarimbas" trickery is that they
fire-bombed a kindergarten with
54 children one night and the in-
ternational media blamed the gov-
ernment for the attack.
Calderón said if you look at the
"anti-government" protesters they
come "ready to perform"
"How is it possible that these
demonstrators are using these cost-
ly masks and have back packs filled
with stones and other items. They
come ready for the show," she said.
And the international media is
playing right into their hands, she
Calderón said since last week
opposition forces have been try-
ing underhanded means to enter
the embassy and "promote chaos"
"The police knew what was going
on, the police came because they
knew what was going to be hap-
pening (on Friday) and they came
to protect us because we are a dip-
lomatic mission and the govern-
ment has to guarantee our safety
but these people, if the police were
not here, they would have attacked
the embassy," she said.
One of the things the Venezue-
lan government has taken flak
for recently was the decision to
withdraw from the Organization
of American States (OAS).
Calderón said Venezuela had no
Calderón said the country was
of the view that OAS is "ineligible
to address matters that pertain to
Venezuela since it has been used
as an instrument for the arbitrary,
partisan, disproportionate, mali-
cious and distorted improprieties
of its Secretary General Luis Al-
magro against Venezuela".
As a result of this, Venezuela has
convened an extraordinary meet-
ing of Foreign Affairs Ministers of
the Community of Latin Ameri-
can and Caribbean States (CELAC)
"without the undue and unlawful
influence of the hegemonic power
of the region"
That meeting is scheduled to take
place next Tuesday.
The issue that will be addressed
is the "threats to the democratic
constitutional order of the Bolivar-
ian Republic of Venezuela as well
as the interventionist actions un-
dermining its independence, sov-
ereignty and self determination"
Coromoto Gody Calderon.
PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
Members from the band 1000 Moko take part in the NGC Bocas Lit Fest Old
Mas Competition at Nalis yesterday. SEE PAGE A12 PHOTO: ANISTO ALVES
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