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Prime Minister Dr Keith Row-
ley's public call for the remov-
al of Organisation of American
States (OAS) Secretary Gener-
al Luis Almagro has generated
some concern in hemispheric
diplomatic circles regarding the
mediating role of the Caribbe-
an Community (Caricom) in the
Dr Rowley's statements, upon his
return from a mission to Chile, came
on the heels of a special consulta-
tion at OAS headquarters in Wash-
ington, DC, last week Wednesday
during which the 14-member Cari-
com Caucus was given responsibility
for brokering possible "consensus"
among members of the hemispheric
The OAS is virtually split down
the middle on how the organisation
should deal with continuing vio-
lence in Venezuela that has so far
led to more than 30 deaths, scores
of arrests and significant property
damage in Caracas and other cities.
Last Wednesday, the Caricom
countries presented themselves
as moderate voices on the matter
through a joint resolution stressing
the principles of "non-interference
and of non-intervention."
There was no mention of the state-
ments of the OAS Secretary General
by any of the Caricom speakers.
Venezuela is in the process of
withdrawing from the OAS and did
not attend the consultation, but
there was broad support by member
countries for its continued mem-
bership of the organisation.
A more condemnatory joint reso-
lution was moved by Peru, Canada,
United States, Mexico, and Panama.
In their resolution, these countries
called for "the cessation of arbitrary
detention, respect for the due pro-
cess of law, and the suspension of
trials of civilians by military tribu-
There is a view within diplomatic
circles that Rowley's statement that
"the grouping "has now removed it-
self from any meaningful participa-
tion" in finding a resolution to the
conflict was at odds with the overall
tone of the consultation.
However, though there was agree-
ment on a joint regional resolution,
there was no consensus among the
Caribbean countries regarding a
Caricom-inspired "letter of cen-
sure" against the OAS Secretary
General. Sources say such a letter
would fall short on signatures.
There had also been earlier
nervousness that a proposed role
for Caricom could have been un-
dermined by the pronouncements
last week of the prime minister of
St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr
The SVG leader had claimed that
"Caricom has diluted its strength"
with some countries seeming to
go along with "insidious develop-
ments" at the OAS geared toward
the removal of Maduro from power.
T&T Guardian has learnt that
following the SVG prime minis-
ter's statement last week, a draft
Caricom resolution, on the table
for presentation had to be revised.
Last Thursday, Dr Gonsalves
wrote Caricom Secretary General
Irwin LaRocque warning that de-
spite moves to find a resolution, "the
enemies at the gates of non-inter-
ference, sovereignty, and independ-
ence will not rest."
He however praised the joint
approach adopted by the Caricom
Caucus on the matter.
OAS permanent representative
for St Kitts and Nevis, Amb Everson
Hull said at last Wednesday's con-
sultation that the OAS Charter was
"very explicit with respect to the
constraints to which we are subject-
ed as we seek to fashion a solution."
He said, in an apparent rebuke
directed at Almagro: "We are to be
reminded the General Assembly is
the supreme organ of the Organi-
sation of American States, unless
and until ... provisions (of the OAS
Charter) are changed they remain
the guiding light that hovers over
this body and its policy directives."
In a separate resolution, Anti-
gua and Barbuda stated: "Only the
Permanent Council is authorised to
make statements about the internal
affairs of member states unless it
specifically delegates this author-
The consultation was adjourned
with an undertaking that a declara-
tion be formulated prior to the next
OAS General Assembly in Cancun,
Mexico, from June 19 to 21.
In a brief ceremony at the Prision Administration offices yesterday morning, six senior officers were
elevated up the ranks of the T&T Prison Service. Fyzool Haniff, Martin Boodram, Shamshudeen Mohammed
and Mookish Pulliah were promoted to Senior Superintendant of Prisons, while Fabien Alexander was
promoted to Superintendant of Prisins and Ricardo Dass to Assistant of Prisons. In photo are, from left,
Mookish Pullian, Maetin Boodram, Ricardo Dass, acting Prisons Commissioner Cecil Duke, Deputy
Commissionerr of Prisons Dane Clarke, Shamshudeen Mohammed and Fyzool Haniff.
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