The President of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, received CARICOM leaders including the Prime Minister Timothy Harris of Saint Kitts and Nevis; the Prime Minister Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago; the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Labour of Grenada, Peter David; and the Secretary General of the Caribbean Community, Irwin LaRocque.

The CARICOM leaders briefed the President about their Meeting with the Secretary General on the situation in Venezuela and its implications for the region.  They reiterated their full support for a peaceful solution based on political dialogue and reaffirmed their commitment to the United Nations Charter, emphasizing on the need to preserve Latin-American and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.

The President of the General Assembly commended CARICOM for their key role in the promotion of peace in the region and also reiterated her call for urgent political dialogue focused on the need for peace and stability. The President acknowledged the mediation-offers by different countries to encourage meaningful national dialogue involving all relevant stakeholders in Venezuela as the most effective way to restore the calm as well as the cooperation needed for the country to work for its people.

A peaceful solution in a manner that is consistent with Venezuela’s Constitution and international law is the only way to ensure the well-being of all Venezuelans.