Rowley satisfied with outcome of UN meetings

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he and the CARICOM delegation that went to the United Nations, are satisfied that the mission was successful, saying that it brought a number of people down from a heady position to one of review.

"We believe that as we look at the situation, the more level heads will come out and say there must be another way," Dr Rowley said at a news conference on his return to T&T Wednesday.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he had communicated with the CARICOM team in the US and that he was willing to have dialogue with the president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido "in Trinidad and Tobago or wherever".

But Dr Rowley said that the team did not speak to Maduro, but that Maduro would have taken that position based on a communique that came out of last week's CARICOM meeting.

That communique had pointed to dialogue as the best way forward.

"So if he is saying that Trinidad and Tobago is the place to meet, it would have come out of that," Dr Rowley said.

He told reporters he did not think this was something that T&T should have a negative view on, given that there currently is volatility that can lead to "conflict on our doorstep".

Dr Rowley confirmed that the CARICOM team spoke with Russian representative in the US.

"We were informed by the Russians that they have no assets in Venezuela towards the furtherance of military action," Dr Rowley said.

He said that at this stage, the most CARICOM can do is to stand on principle.

"It is the principle that will defend us because we cannot force our positions," he said.

He said that until the Venezuelan people decide on their future, the government has to continue with its ongoing working relationship with the government of Venezuela, which is currently led by Nicolas Maduro. 

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