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Jamaica urges Venezuela to reconsider leaving OAS

Published:Thursday | June 1, 2017 | 6:27 PM
Johnson Smith says Jamaica is gravely concerned by the continued deterioration of the situation in Venezuela, evidenced by increased violence, loss of life, damage to infrastructure and severe economic hardships.

Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, has made an appeal for the Government of Venezuela to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the Organization of American States.

She made the call yesterday at the 29th Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs at the OAS, in Washington DC.

She says Jamaica is gravely concerned by the continued deterioration of the situation in Venezuela, evidenced by increased violence, loss of life, damage to infrastructure and severe economic hardships. 

The foreign affairs minister says Jamaica continues to highly favour meaningful dialogue and discourages the isolation of Venezuela.

Meanwhile, Senator Johnson Smith says the Jamaican Government is urging all parties in Venezuela to commit to renewed dialogue and negotiation towards a comprehensive, political agreement.

She says this must come with concrete actions and guarantees to ensure its implementation for the well-being of the country and its people.

Senator Johnson Smith has reiterated Jamaica’s willingness to participate in a Group of Friends mechanism, to offer any assistance that would facilitate renewed dialogue and negotiation between the Government and Opposition.

Venezuela announced it would withdraw from the regional grouping following comments by the OAS secretary general against the Government.