T&T's representative, others walk out on Venezuelan envoy at OAS meeting

Trinidad and Tobago's ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS), was one of four Caribbean representatives that walked out of an OAS meeting, just before a Venezuelan representative addressed delegates.

Gustavo Tarre, an envoy representing the Venezuelan opposition, was addressing the OAS where he called on the organisation to help with the "reconstruction of Venezuela."

His address came days after Nicolas Maduro called for a celebration for Venezuela's departure from the OAS.

Tarre called on the body to help rebuild the country from "tyranny" under acting President Nicolas Maduro.

However, ambassadors from at least four Caribbean countries — Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago — left the room before Tarre spoke to signify their opposition to the OAS' recognition of him as Venezuela's representative.

Trinidad and Tobago's permanent representative to the OAS is Anthony Phillip-Spencer, who is also T&T's Ambassador to the United States.

The speech in Washington came exactly three months after Juan Guaido, the leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, declared himself the country's interim president.

Tarre, who was recognized as Venezuela's representative earlier this month, said he plans to keep attending OAS sessions.

The United States and most of the regional group's 34 member states recognize Guaido as Venezuela's interim leader, claiming Maduro was not legitimately re-elected in 2018 because opposition candidates were barred from running.

 

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