ST. VINCENT - POLITICS- US envoy says St. Vincent's democracy demands should extend to Venezuela.


A senior United States diplomat in the Caribbean says St. Vincent and the Grenadines' demonstrated commitment to democracy, should extend to Venezuela.

'I think if anything, God forbid, were to happen in our region, in the Caribbean region, I know St. Vincent will be concerned for the welfare and democracy of its neighbours. I don't see why you have to draw the line at the Trinidad strait between Trinidad and Venezuela,' Joaquin F. Monserrate, deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Barbados told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) here on Tuesday.

Monserrate reiterated Washington's desire to see 'a return of democracy in Venezuela'.

Joaquin Monserrate

'I think they are Caribbean brethren, I think they deserve our support and Juan Guaido, how he came into power is exactly as the Chavez constitution allows: when a government elects itself by fraud, the national assembly, as the only democratically elected body declares the position invalid and select a temporary president, which is what has happened,' he said.

Guaido, the leader of Venezuela's national assembly, has declared himself interim president, and more than 50 countries, including the United States, have recognised him as such.

'We would all love to see a democratic election in Venezuela where the true will of the people is manifested, whatever that will is, we are not predetermining that outcome, but we can't, Vincentians, Americans, turn our back on our Caribbean brothers and sisters when they really don't have fair access to determining what type of government they get,' Monserrate told CMC.

He was speaking during an interview in which he was asked when Washington would review its decision to deny Vincentians the privilege of interview-waiver upon renewing their U.S. visas.

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