Nicholson on U.S Energy Projects: “Don’t Question the Motives”

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator A.J Nicholson, says he’s expecting that conflict between the United States and Venezuela will be resolved through diplomatic means and not through sanctions.

Last month, U.S President Barack Obama declared Venezuela a threat to the national security of the U.S. and imposed sanctions on top Venezuela officials, including President Nicolás Maduro.

The White House has since said, the sanctions are targeted to Venezuelan officials who have undermined democratic processes and had committed human rights abuses.

Declaring any country a threat to national security is the first step in starting a U.S. sanctions program. The same process has been followed with countries such as Iran and Syria

BUT Senator Nicholson says he’s hoping that the conflict between the two countries will be resolved by dialogue.

He says CARICOM leaders had raised the issue with President Obama, when he met with them at the recent US-CARICOM Summit, telling him that a different approach is needed in resolving the conflict.

AND, when asked, if he has concerns that the United States is using the newly announced energy projects to wean Jamaica and the Caribbean from Venezuela’s subsidize oil programme, PetroCaribe, this was Senator Nicholson’s response:

Senator A.J Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, speaking at a Jamaica House press briefing yesterday.