PNP fears military conflict in Venezuela

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The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) yesterday expressed deep concern at the recent developments in Venezuela, saying that it could lead to military conflict.

“We believe that the recognition of the leader of the National Assembly as interim president is a dangerous precedent which constitutes a grave departure from international practice,” the PNP’s spokeswoman on foreign affairs and foreign trade Lisa Hanna said in a statement.

Hanna’s reference was to international support being given to Juan Guaid, the new leader of the Opposition-controlled National Assembly, who on Wednesday declared himself interim president of the strife-torn country, saying it was the only way to end the “dictatorship” of President Nicolas Maduro.

The US, Canada and some Latin American and European countries announced that they supported Guaido’s claim that the constitution makes him interim president.

The PNP also expressed concern that the recent developments in Venezuela could lead to military conflict “which will be destabilising to the Caribbean region which has enjoyed a tradition of peaceful coexistence”.

“The People’s National Party maintains its strong and principled stance of non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states and that the solution to this situation in Venezuela must ultimately rest with the Venezuelan people,” Hanna said.

“We strongly urge the Government of Jamaica and Caricom to urgently mobilise support for a coalition to offer assistance to the Government and Opposition in Venezuela, to broker a peaceful resolution for the sanctity of sovereignty, the conflict of governance, and the protection of human rights” Hanna added.

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