Friday 6 December, 2019

Diplomatic approach required in Venezuela crisis, says IYC Ambassador

"Trinidad and Tobago must not be bullied to participate in what some may say is an international coup."

That's the view of International Youth Committee Ambassador Makesi Peters, who weighed in on the political crisis in Venezuela. 

He said world leaders should go the route of democracy to ensure peace is maintained in the neighbouring South American country, as he applauded the Trinidad and Tobago Government for remaining firm in its non-interference stance in the ongoing political impasse. 

"The international community should instead encourage such dialogue so that the people of Venezuela can choose the best leadership for their country."

Below is the full statement from the IYC, undersigned by Committee Ambassador Makesi Peters:

Trinidad and Tobago is a sovereign nation and has the right to make its own decisions without international interference. As International Youth Committee Ambassador, I want to extend my support to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for standing firm on its decision.

Too often we are unaware of our rights as a nation and our opinion is often hinge on what was heard from others. The treaty of Westphalia afforded all nations around the world the right to conduct their own affairs and make their own decisions since 1648.

This right isn’t limited to first world countries, but all states including us here in the Caribbean. While I understand the challenges that exist in Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago must not be bullied to participate in what some may say is an international coup.

True democracy affords countries around the world the opportunity to select who they see fit to lead. The international community should instead encourage such dialogue so that the people of Venezuela can choose the best leadership for their country.

I ask the people of Trinidad and Tobago to be guided by facts and not propaganda. This is not a time to gain political points, it’s a sensitive matter that requires a more serious diplomatic approach.

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