Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he has spoken to CARICOM leaders and has told them that he is open to mediation talks in "Trinidad and Tobago or wherever", with the Venezuelan opposition.
His remark came in a speech to members of the Venezuelan diplomatic corps in Caracas Monday.
"As I said to the Caribbean Prime Ministers today. They were in New York. They met with the UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres. I spoke with all of them at length during the afternoon. I spoke with Evo Morales (President of Bolivia). We are also establishing contact with governments who offered to mediate dialogue and I told them I am ready once again in Venezuela or in Trinidad and Tobago or wherever to begin a round of conversations, dialogue, negotiations, with all of the Venezuelan opposition when and where they want them."
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is currenty in New York with the prime ministers of Barbados, Mia Mottley and St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, for talks with the United Nations on their position towards Venezuela.
The CARICOM position is one of non-intervention and non-interference. The leaders also called for mediation in an emergency meeting last Thursday.
Dr Rowley expressed confidence of a diminishing of tensions within Venezuela, after Monday's meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York.