NAR Backs Manning On Venezuela
Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2002
THE National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) has commended Prime Minister Patrick Manning and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for expressing solidarity with the embattled, democratically-elected administration of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
In a statement yesterday, NAR Political Leader Lennox Sankersingh called upon Manning and other Caricom leaders to "publicly call on the United States Government to stay out of the internal affairs of Venezuela".
At a post People's National Movement (PNM) General Council meeting two weeks ago, the Prime Minister reiterated his government's support for Chavez and said there were no plans to evacuate nationals living in Venezuela despite the ongoing nation-wide strike there by opposition forces.
The Trinidad and Tobago Consulate in Venezuela has urged nationals not to travel there unless it is absolutely necessary.
Sankersingh said the NAR "condemns the involvement of the USA in Venezuela's internal affairs". "The NAR expresses its amazement at the hypocrisy of the government of the US which on the one hand is demanding some measure of democracy in Iraq while on the other hand, is destroying a democratically-elected government in Venezuela," he declared.
Sankersingh expressed concern that the present unrest in Venezuela could spread to neighbouring Ecuador or Brazil "where these leaders are seen as socialist reformers and whose administrations the US will undermine".