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Trinidad pledges support to Guyana in territorial dispute with Venezuela

July 4, 2015
Trinidad pledges support to Guyana in territorial dispute with Venezuela BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (GINA) -- Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar says her country is in full support of Guyana as it relates to the recent decree made by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro over most of Guyana’s exclusive economic zone.

Venezuelan parliamentary elections to take place on December 6

June 24, 2015
Venezuelan parliamentary elections to take place on December 6 CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's electoral authority (CNE) announced on Monday that parliamentary elections will be held on December 6, contrary to opposition speculation that President Nicolas Maduro would suspend the vote. CNE president Tibisay Lucena said the elections were always...

The View from Europe: CARICOM's continuing support in border dispute essential

June 20, 2015
The View from Europe: CARICOM's continuing support in border dispute essential Every time that CARICOM heads of government meet, they include language in their final communiqué on the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute. However, at their encounter next month in Barbados the matter will no longer be about a dormant claim, but one that has come alive and is potentially dangerous.

Bilateral talks set to take place with Venezuela as Guyana seeks extension of PetroCaribe deal

June 19, 2015
Bilateral talks set to take place with Venezuela as Guyana seeks extension of PetroCaribe deal GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Guyana Cabinet has mandated that efforts be undertaken to engage neighbouring Venezuela on the terms of the PetroCaribe agreement, and its extension. Minister of State Joseph Harmon told reporters of this development during a post-Cabinet briefing.

Guyana seeks UN assistance as Venezuela 'annexes' further territory

June 15, 2015
Guyana seeks UN assistance as Venezuela 'annexes' further territory GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana's new foreign minister, Carl Greenidge, in an address during the opening of Parliament last week, said that his country will seek UN assistance in resolving once and for all the territorial dispute with Venezuela that was escalated on May 27 by a presidential decree...

InselAir commences non-stop service from Curacao to Manaus and Puerto Ordaz

June 15, 2015
InselAir commences non-stop service from Curacao to Manaus and Puerto Ordaz WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- InselAir will start its Curacao-Manaus operations on July 3 on Mondays and Fridays. Puerto Ordaz flights start on July 14 and will be flown on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The largest Caribbean-based carrier offers its customers a total of 24 destinations and offers passengers...

Commentary: Guyana and Venezuela: Let the International Court decide

June 12, 2015
Commentary: Guyana and Venezuela: Let the International Court decide It is, to say the least, unfortunate that Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, has allowed domestic pressures to cause him to take the extreme measure of issuing a decree on May 27, creating the “Atlantic coast of Venezuela” that includes sovereignty over Guyana’s territorial waters in the...

Venezuela pushes neighbouring Guyana, but may raise its own country risk instead

June 10, 2015
Venezuela pushes neighbouring Guyana, but may raise its own country risk instead CARACAS, Venezuela -- Last month, Venezuela reasserted an old territorial claim against a large portion of Guyana, its neighbour to the east. This dispute, which was settled by an international tribunal in 1899, has been revived by the Maduro regime, probably to distract Venezuelans from the economic...

Venezuela must pay $3.7 billion owed to airlines, says IATA

June 10, 2015
Venezuela must pay $3.7 billion owed to airlines, says IATA MIAMI, USA -- Venezuela should urgently seek a solution to the $3.7 billion it owes to several international airlines, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Tony Tyler, said during the annual meeting of his organization in Miami. Tyler said that all countries which are members...

New Venezuelan decree claims ownership over Guyana's continental shelf

June 8, 2015
New Venezuelan decree claims ownership over Guyana's continental shelf GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on May 27 issued a decree creating the “Atlantic coast of Venezuela”, which now includes sovereignty over Guyana’s territorial waters in the Atlantic Ocean off the Essequibo region. A map, issued to coincide with this decree...

Venezuela is not a threat, but a risk, says Dutch foreign minister

June 6, 2015
Venezuela is not a threat, but a risk, says Dutch foreign minister WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuela is no threat to the former Netherlands Antilles, but it is a risk, according to Dutch foreign affairs minister Bert Koenders last Thursday after the debate on the tensions in the South American country. “The economic situation is very bad, even the political tensions...

Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean

June 5, 2015
Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean LYON, France -- Car parts, fuel, food, detergent, cigars, shampoo and steel were among fake goods worth nearly US$60 million seized in a two-week operation across the Americas and the Caribbean. Codenamed Maya II, more than 2,000 interventions by police, customs, investigators and...

New Guyana president seeks to strengthen bilateral ties

May 20, 2015
New Guyana president seeks to strengthen bilateral ties GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- High on the agenda of Guyana’s newly-elected President David Granger and his soon-to-be-sworn in administration will be to accelerate infrastructural and economic developments with CARICOM and Guyana’s other immediate neighbours.

Travel ban is now part of Venezuela's harassment of independent media

May 20, 2015
Travel ban is now part of Venezuela's harassment of independent media PARIS, France -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the increased pressure that the Venezuelan authorities are putting on the country’s few independent news media by using their control of the judicial apparatus and access to resources. On 5 May, Judge Maria Eugenia Núñez...

Letter: Venezuela gives away PetroCaribe funds whilst its people prostitute themselves

May 20, 2015
Letter: Venezuela gives away PetroCaribe funds whilst its people prostitute themselves Venezuela’s president currently has only a 20% approval rating. Yes, they have built some houses and apartments for the poor, but that is only a vote catcher. Perhaps without the social housing project the president’s approval rating would only be at 5%. In 2012, the US dollar was selling on the streets...

Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video

May 5, 2015
Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video This is so important that everyone in the Caribbean should view the video embedded above. This is the confirmation of what I have told you about Venezuela. The stories I have told you about my being there and witnessing the slaughter of Venezuelan students by Cuban special forces in civilian attire.

Press association condemns charges filed against Venezuelan media

April 25, 2015
Press association condemns charges filed against Venezuelan media MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Thursday condemned civil and criminal charges filed by the speaker of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, against several Venezuelan media for reproducing information published by a Spanish media outlet.

Avior Airlines inaugurates flights from Valencia and Maracaibo in Venezuela to Curacao

April 20, 2015
Avior Airlines inaugurates flights from Valencia and Maracaibo in Venezuela to Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Venezuelan carrier Avior Airlines on Friday started operating flights twice a week between Valencia and Curacao and on the same day between Maracaibo and Curacao. Avior has been flying to Curacao since 2006 with flights from Caracas, Venezuela. This will be an expansion...

US fraud reveals Chavez-connected Caribbean money trail

April 18, 2015
US fraud reveals Chavez-connected Caribbean money trail STAMFORD, USA -- The collapse in early 2011 of what prosecutors described as Connecticut’s largest ever Ponzi scheme and subsequent criminal and civil court proceedings have revealed a money trail of ill-gotten gains stretching from one end of the Caribbean to the other.

Commentary: Orphans of Obama's legacy?

April 17, 2015
Commentary: Orphans of Obama's legacy? Undoubtedly both Presidents Raul Castro of Cuba and Barack Obama warrant credit for breaking the 54-year old barrier to the establishment of diplomatic relations between their two countries. But, President Obama deserves greater praise because he took greater risks and bucked strong...

Dutch company signs contract with Venezuela to install gas production platforms near Aruba and Curacao

April 15, 2015
Dutch company signs contract with Venezuela to install gas production platforms near Aruba and Curacao CARACAS, Venezuela -- Seaway Heavy Lifting has entered into a contract with Cardon IV in Venezuela for transportation and installation of the Perla project gas production platforms complete with tie-in of the subsea infrastructure. The Perla development consists of three gas production platforms.

Barbados PM calls for dialogue between Venezuela and US

April 14, 2015
Barbados PM calls for dialogue between Venezuela and US PANAMA CITY, Panama (BGIS) -- Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart believes that there must be frank and honest dialogue between Venezuela and the United States. While addressing the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama on Saturday, Stuart said: “Dialogue between Cuba and...

Open letter to the heads of state and government at the Summit of the Americas

April 11, 2015
Amnesty International welcomes the holding of the VII Summit of the Americas as a regional forum to promote dialogue between the governments of the American continent. The organization believes that prioritizing the protection and promotion of human rights of all people...

St Kitts-Nevis position on US-Venezuela dispute not influenced by $16m grant, says PM

April 10, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis position on US-Venezuela dispute not influenced by $16m grant, says PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis’ position on the dispute between the United States and Venezuela is not being influenced by Venezuelan assistance to the Federation. That position has been articulated by Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, who is among Caribbean Community...

Commentary: Guyana wants judicial settlement of border issue with Venezuela

April 10, 2015
Commentary: Guyana wants judicial settlement of border issue with Venezuela On March 3, the Guyana government announced its intention to opt out of the United Nations Good Offices process – a mechanism anticipated to assist in resolving the renewed claim that Venezuela had made on a portion of the Essequibo region of Guyana.  In explaining the country’s decision...

Venezuela dismisses reported PetroCaribe cutback

April 1, 2015
Venezuela dismisses reported PetroCaribe cutback BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Venezuela has dismissed a Miami Herald report that suggests the country has drastically reduced its shipments of oil to PetroCaribe member nations, which include several in the Caribbean. The publication, quoting a Barclays Bank report...

Mature regional response to US-Venezuela dispute praised

March 30, 2015
Mature regional response to US-Venezuela dispute praised RANDOLPH, USA -- A town councilor for Randolph in Massachusetts has commended the reasonable approach taken by the newly elected prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Timothy Harris to the ongoing dispute between the United States and Venezuela.

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