Former Jamaican ruler denounces attempts to divide CARICOM
Bridgetown, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Percival James Patterson, warned against the United States' attempts to fragment the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Nation News diary of Barbados reported today.
During a debate held in Port of Spain about the situation in the Caribbean region, the former ruler (from 1992 to 2006) warned that this threat now comes from the US strategy to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.
Patterson said that there is a deliberate attempt to divide the Caribbean and 'I am afraid it is happening in CARICOM' based on the differences that exist in relation to the Venezuelan situation.
He recalled the validity of the position of non-intervention and non-interference adopted by the countries of the region in this regard, but assured that the United States is urging some members of CARICOM to 'publicly denounce the situation in Caracas.'
Patterson indicated, clearly alluding to oil resources, that the danger of division is more pronounced 'when there is interest in a commodity that is in abundance in Guyana.'
The statement comes days after a visit by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to the Guyanese capital, where he insisted on his attacks against Caracas and praised the participation of the U.S. company ExxonMobil in the extraction of oil in Jamaica.
The former prime minister of Jamaica pointed out that the main problem for CARICOM members lies in climate change 'because we are all vulnerable to natural disasters.'
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