Amid the ongoing political unrest in Venezuela, more pressure is mounting on Caribbean governments to take a tough stance against the South American country. In an open letter to Caribbean leaders, several former heads of state and governments in Latin and Central America said regional governments must openly condemn the political unrest in Venezuela. The former leaders include Felipe Calderón of México, Oscar Arias of Costa Rica, Mireya Moscoso of Panamá and Alfredo Cristiani of El Salvador. The former leaders said they expect nothing less than the support of the people of the Caribbean, as well as their governments that have remained quiet until now. Earlier this month, CARICOM foreign ministers called for non-interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela. Several people have been killed in protests against the Venezuelan government headed by President Nicolas Maduro. OAS Meanwhile, Venezuela’s political, economic and social breakdown is getting a hard look from the international community with the Organization of American States (OAS) considering solutions at a special meeting in Washington and the European Parliament doing the same in Brussels. Both groups are trying to help restore peace and stability in the South American country. The OAS meeting brings together high-level representatives – including at least 18 foreign ministers – from throughout the Western Hemisphere. Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith last week confirmed her attendance. Venezuela likely will be alone among the 34 member states to go unrepresented. In April, Maduro’s administration announced the country would withdraw from the OAS, accusing its chief, Luis Almagro, of joining in a US-led campaign to undermine Venezuelan sovereignty.
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