Venezuela

Rescued Venezuelan girls in ‘safe houses’

The 19 Span­ish-speak­ing girls who were res­cued by po­lice on Wednes­day dur­ing raids at a Chi­nese restau­rant in Wood­brook and homes in Diego Mar­tin and West­moor­ings have all been placed at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion rather than the Im­mi­gra­tion De­ten­tion Cen­tre (IDC) which lacks space.

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young made the dis­clo­sure at yes­ter­day’s post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing at the Diplo­mat­ic Cen­tre, St Ann’s.

Venezuelan politician thanks gov't for rescuing girls

One Venezuelan politician is thanking the government of this country after more than a dozen Venezuelan girls were rescued yesterday.

Deputy Carlos Valero, who is a member of the foreign policy commission of the national assembly, posted the message to his Twitter page this morning.

He described it as one of the most serious cases recorded by Venezuelan migrants in Trinidad and Tobago.

Kidnapped fishermen released

Five of the fishermen reportedly abducted by Venezuelan pirates have returned to this country after more than a week

Early this morning 35-year-old Lynton Manohar, 38-year-old Jason O'Brien, 28-year-old Brandon Arjoon, 17-year-old Jagdesh jaikeran and 49-year-old Rickey Rambharose, all of Morne Diablo, Penal came back to Trinidad on a pirogue. 

 A US 200 thousand dollars ransom had been demanded for their safe return. 

O'Brien's brother Jerry who was also kidnapped along with the others was sent back home last Thursday with an instruction to pay the ransom. 

Montevideo mechanism established to deal with Venezuelan crisis

A mechanism has been devised to address the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Venezuela.

Caricom leaders, including prime minister Dr. Keith Rowley, along with the governments of Uruguay and Mexico have established the Montevideo mechanism. 

It was the major outcome of a meeting in Uruguay this morning where countries and organisations who've taken a non-interventionist approach to the crisis gathered to discuss the way forward.

Church reaches out to help Cuban refugees

A re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tion has ex­tend­ed a help­ing hand to a group of 59 Cubans refugees who are liv­ing in de­plorable and un­san­i­tary con­di­tions on a par­cel of agri­cul­tur­al land in War­renville, Cunu­pia.

Com­ing to the res­cue of the Cubans who are seek­ing refugee sta­tus in T&T was pas­tor Toy Ram­paul of War­renville-based Fam­i­ly Christ Min­istries.

Church mem­bers erect­ed four gal­vanise sheds on the lands be­long­ing to Ca­roni (1975) Ltd on Mon­day which the Cubans have been re­sid­ing on since Feb­ru­ary 1.

Russia, Lima Group back Caricom position on Venezuela

The Cari­com del­e­ga­tion which left yes­ter­day for the Uruguay con­fer­ence on Venezuela is en­ter­ing the talks as oth­er in­ter­na­tion­al play­ers - in­clud­ing the Li­ma Group and Rus­sia - have al­so mount­ed calls for peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of the Venezue­lan cri­sis and di­a­logue to­wards this.

PM to attend Venezuela mediation talks in Uruguay

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will join the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley and CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris at an international meeting on the situation on Venezuela which will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay on Thursday 07 February, 2019.

Young: Fishermen need to stay out of Venezuela's waters

The Ministry of National Security says the situation involving Trinidad and Tobago nationals being ‘kidnapped’ and currently held in Venezuela has been attracting its attention.

The ministry says the matter is on-going and at a very sensitive stage.

It says that accordingly, details and specific information surrounding the circumstances of this matter cannot be provided at this time.

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