San Juan – The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, or OECS, expressed concern Friday over increasing tension between the United States and Venezuela.
“The OECS is deeply concerned that statements and actions in the recent past concerning the relations between the United States and Venezuela have served only to heighten tensions in the relations between those countries, and to undermine the peace and security of the region and the hemisphere as a whole,” the group said in a statement.
The regional organization said that it cherishes the principles of democracy and the rule of law, as well as peaceful coexistence and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.
“Unilateral and unwarranted actions only serve to undermine these principles,” OECS said, emphasizing dialogue as the principal means for the resolution of differences.
“The OECS also calls upon both countries to refrain from actions and statements which serve to hamper the legitimate desires of the people of our hemisphere for peace as a foundation upon which to build a better future,” the statement added.
Earlier this week, during a meeting of the Venezuelan-led ALBA bloc in Caracas, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne called for the establishment of a small group to act “as honest brokers” in the ongoing conflict.
OECS comprises Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Montserrat.
Anguilla and British Virgin Islands are associate members.