Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dr Amery Browne.

Foreign Affairs Minister Amery Browne said yesterday the Venezuelan Embassy in T&T has been fully informed of the situation regarding Venezuelans who were trying to get a flight back home and is anticipating that suitable arrangements would be implemented to deal with the situation and transport them.

An aircraft that was expected to transport 97 migrants back to Venezuela yesterday was halted by Government after the plane was found to have been sanctioned by the United States.

Among those who were to return were people with terminal illnesses and disabilities, the elderly and children.

“Let us go to our home!” they appealed asking that the aircraft be allowed to come for them, calling on National Security Minister Stuart Young and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to assist them.

Yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne, who was in a Caricom Inter-sessional meeting, told Guardian Media, “The flight was deemed not to be possible as planned by the Venezuelan authorities as the aircraft they were seeking to use is one that is on a sanctioned list. Therefore the National Security Ministry did not grant final approval for the flight.”

Browne added, “The Embassy in Venezuela in Port-of-Spain is fully informed and engaged in resolving the situation and addressing the immediate needs of their citizens.”

“It’s anticipated that suitable arrangements would be put in place in the near future to transport the prospective passengers via an aircraft that is not sanctioned.”