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Caribbean Countries Endorse Political Dialogue in Venezuela.


President Nicolas Maduro thanked the Caribbean countries for promoting the dialogue as a solution to the crisis in Venezuela.

The ongoing dialogue between the Venezuelan government and its right-wing opposition has received a pledge of support from all 25 member states of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), which held its seventh summit this weekend in Havana, Cuba.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro thanked the regional body for the support, which also recognized his government and issued an official statement in support of the dialogue initiative promoted by the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR, with the observation of former presidents José Luis Zapatero from Spain, Leonel Fernandez from the Dominican Republic and Martín Torrijos from Panama.

“We support the initiative for the reopening of an effective dialogue between the government and the opposition, in order to find alternatives to promote political stability, social development and economic recovery of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” the nations said in a statement.

 Venezuela opposition leader Henrique Capriles criticized Maduro’s trip to Cuba, however.

“Which travel of the many made by Maduro and paid with the money of all Venezuelans has been fruitful? None! He only does tourism!” Capriles said on Twitter.

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Venezuela is currently suffering from one of its worst political and economic crises, fueled largely by a right-wing opposition bent on economic sabotage and seeing the government fail, with some members even calling for a coup.

The response by the Caribbean countries is the complete opposite of the position taken by the Organization of American States Secretary-General Luis Almagro, who unsuccessfully invoked the body’s democratic charter to “review” the political situation in the Venezuela, in a losing attempt to set the stage for outside intervention.