Wednesday 23 September, 2020

US Ambassador on Venezuelan visit: Rio Treaty was raised with Young

United States Ambassador to T&T, Joseph N. Mondello

United States Ambassador to T&T, Joseph N. Mondello

United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Joseph N Mondello has said that the Rio Treaty was recently raised with the Government.

The Rio Treaty, signed in 1947, is an agreement between countries in the Western Hemisphere to provide mutual defense if an act of aggression threatens the peace.

According to recent media reports, the US Embassy had indicated that Government violated the 73-year-old Rio Treaty when Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, along with a delegation, was allowed to enter Trinidad and Tobago on March 27, 2020. 

Speaking in Senate last Wednesday, National Security Minister Stuart Young said he had spoken with the US Ambassador recently and no such issue arose.

However, in a statement issued on Tuesday, Mondello said he raised concern about the visit of the Venezuelan Vice President to T&T during a recent conversation with Young.

"Normally I do not comment on private conversations with host government officials. Since the government has spoken publicly about my May 6 conversation with Minister Young, though, I wish to affirm that I expressed concern to the Minister in that conversation about the consistency of Delcy Rodriguez's visit to Port of Spain with Trinidad and Tobago's obligations as a party to the Rio Treaty."

"Article 20 of the Rio Treaty makes it unambiguously clear that all measures imposed by the Organ of Consultation --like the travel restrictions on Ms Rodriguez -- are binding on all treaty parties, whether or not they voted in favor of such measures," he said.

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