Events in Caracas, Venezuela, where opponents of the government of President Nicolas Maduro have taken to the streets resulting in as many as eleven deaths, are reaching back to Belize, a partner in the Petrocaribe initiative to sell low-cost oil for national development.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow told reporters on Thursday that he is monitoring the situation and hopes for a peaceful end to the conflict.
“Naturally we have been observing the situation with a great deal of disquiet because whenever you are seeing images of violence and whenever you are hearing about death tolls that reach in excess of a 12 by that scope, you have to be considering. Venezuela is a sister country, a member of the OAS and we do have excellent bi-lateral relations with them. I am not quite sure what happens in terms of the possibility of some kind of external effort at conciliation mediation”.
According to the Prime Minister, there has been a suggestion that the Organization of American States (OAS) should be called in to mediate but that has been shot down by those who accuse it of being U.S.-dominated.
The Prime Minister said that there are Venezuelan-Belizeans who would want the government to take a firmer stance but, he insisted, he thinks Maduro was legitimately elected and should not be overthrown.