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The Caribbean Democrat Union (CDU) has called out Venezuela President Nicholas Maduro over his actions in the border controversy with Guyana.
The CDU, which includes Saint Lucia’s opposition United Workers Party (UWP), is an alliance of center-right and conservative parties in the wider International Democrat Union (IDU).
Last week, the CDU tabled a resolution at an IDU executive meeting in Washington, D.C., expressing deep concern over the Guyana-Venezuela situation.
The resolution said President Maduro’s actions were a direct threat to Guyana’s sovereignty and an affront to the peace and political stability of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Maduro has announced several measures to enforce a December 3 referendum outcome in Venezuela.
Venezuelans voted by a wide margin to approve the takeover of the disputed territory in Guyana.
The referendum occurred despite an International Court of Justice (ICJ) order for Venezuela to maintain the status quo.
The CDU resolution said the organisation rejected the ‘unconstitutional referendum’.
The resolution also spoke of the need for all of CARICOM’s strongest possible condemnation of Maduro’s threats and expressed intentions to annex nearly three-quarters of Guyana.
“This is a moment in history where we must now demonstrate the strength and character of CARICOM, ” the document asserted.
It called on all CARICOM leaders to make a joint statement condemning President Maduro’s actions and for an immediate de-escalation of ‘this volatile situation.’
“The CDU further calls on CARICOM and the International Community to engage in discussion to determine a diplomatic solution with haste and to respect the authority of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on this longstanding dispute,” the CDU resolution stated.