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Invitation to CARICOM to mediate in Venezuela gets lost in mail
Published on July 17, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro

By Caribbean News Now contributor

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- In a letter dated July 7, 2017, president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, formally extended an invitation for dialogue to the current Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman, prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell.

However, the letter delivered to Grenada's ministry of foreign affairs inviting Mitchell to a work meeting in Caracas on July 11 or 12 to determine a specific plan of action to resume the national dialogue in Venezuela was not received by him until July 13, i.e. after the suggested dates for the meeting.

New dates are being determined between CARICOM and the government of Venezuela to facilitate the visit.

In his letter, Maduro said that he "wholeheartedly welcomes the valuable proposal contained in [a] communiqué offering the good offices of [CARICOM] to reactivate an agenda of constructive dialogue among the political sectors of [our] country."

The Venezuelan foreign minister was in Grenada during the CARICOM heads of government meeting and met with several leaders individually, including Mitchell, on the margins of the plenary session on Thursday, July 6.

Following the heads of government conference in Grenada, Mitchell had already moved to implement the decision of the CARICOM heads to write to Maduro as well as the leaders of all opposition political parties in Venezuela, informing them of CARICOM's position on the Venezuela crisis and its offer to act as mediators to facilitate dialogue and a peaceful outcome.
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