The Ministry of CARICOM and Foreign Affairs has issued the following statement, in response to what it describes as a “deliberate attempt to tarnish the good name and reputation of Trinidad and Tobago”, on the part of the Organisation of American States (OAS).
GOVERNMENT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CALLS ON OAS TO CEASE CAMPAIGN OF MISINFORMATION
PORT OF SPAIN: 5TH JANUARY, 2021
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago views with grave concern the continued campaign of misinformation generated by the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and its deliberate attempt to tarnish the good name and reputation of Trinidad and Tobago.
The latest in the OAS’ acts is its Press Release of December 30, 2020, titled New Report Warns Number of Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants could Rise to 7 million in 2021, in which it made reference to the tragic loss of life of 33 Venezuelans, but inaccurately stated that the remains of the deceased were found “on the maritime border of Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.”
Factual records have detailed that the incident occurred in Venezuelan waters off the coast of Guiria.
To use the tragic circumstance and, even the death of Venezuelan nationals, in such a manner is distasteful, reprehensible and goes against the purpose of the Organization and its General Secretariat.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has called on the OAS to cease this activity.
The OAS’s current course can result in incalculable damage to the integrity of the organization and the trust reposed in it by its legitimate members.