By Stephen Kangal
February 18, 2019
The Chairman of Caricom, St Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Harris described the Montevideo Mechanism as a blue print or framework to process and resolve all political conflicts. However Caricom’s immediate mandate was to deal exclusively with identifying specific proposals/measures/ the way forward for abating and resolving the worsening humanitarian and political crisis in Venezuela via peaceful means.
This so -called peace-making Mechanism contains four theoretical modules that students develop in their conflict resolution classrooms. It is not self-executing and depends on the push and pull intervention by Mexico, Uruguay and Caricom for its fulfillment in Caracas. No word is forthcoming on progress being achieved this front.
It is pure unvarnished intellectual and conceptual nonsense delivered in an academic and hackneyed mechanism that is full of words but signifying nothing to address the actual and compelling Caracas political impasse and the consequent humanitarian disaster. It is indeed very irrelevant.
According to the EU chief spokeswoman the Montevideo Mechanism that Mexico, Uruguay and CARICOM have launched and presented and the Montevideo Declaration that the International Contact Group have initiated in Uruguay are two different things with two different compositions and two different objectives.
This Mechanism resembles a research prospectus for a thesis to be written by some one full of himself intellectually with plenty theory but nothing to help on the ground in Venezuela where people are suffering and Maduro has dug deep in the trenches with the military to inflict his atrocities and feed his ego and lust for power.
Caricom did not address the situation in Venezuela. It produced a frame for all disputes resolution that is bankrupt, academically stultifying and very constipated in its solution to the problems of Venezuela.
No wonder the EU and LATAM completely rejected it.
The Montevideo Mechanism is a time-wasting, resolution- delaying formula with plenty bark but no bite geared to give Maduro time to recover from the popular momentum generated the Opposition led by Juan Guido. No wonder that Maduro supported it.
The Declaration of the Contact Group (EU and Uruguay et al. with Mexico abstaining) has a definite precise time-tabling for the restoration of democracy and the holding of the new elections with several meetings carded to monitor progress and undertake the necessary evaluation for further more stronger action to end this humanitarian crisis.
The Mechanism is quite abstract, theory-based and pedantic operating as a headless chicken.
It is the product of relegated corridor diplomacy looking for a presence at the Montevideo Meetings with no locus standi and mere spectators with the Prime Ministers having no place at a Ministerial Meeting and exposing our countries to humiliation from a State protocol standpoint.
What were Prime Ministers doing at a Foreign Ministers Meeting if not embarrassing us by making this useless, unnecessary and costly safari to Uruguay uninvited and excluded?
It was pure and unadulterated Caricomesse with Prime Minister Rowley returning home low-keyed after another failure this time in the virgin territory of conference diplomacy with Foreign Minister Moses misleading him much to our collective embarrassment.