Eight CARICOM countries have written to the Chair of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) protesting the decision of the Council to accept by simple majority, the appointment of Gustavo Tarre, as the new Permanent Representative of Venezuela.
These countries are: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
In their letter on Monday, the CARICOM countries stated that the National Assembly of Venezuela is not a government.
They quoted Article 80 of the OAS Charter, which states in part that “the Permanent Council…is composed of one representative of each member state especially appointed by the respective government with the rank of ambassador”.
Mr. Gustavo Tarre was appointed by opposition leader and self declared interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó.
Mr. Guaidó had declared himself president amid protests in Venezuela against the Nicolás Maduro-led government.