Trinidad: Gulf of danger Expert: Seafaring Trinis at risk if Venezuela deteriorates

CITIZENS of this country could face “far more risk” in the Gulf of Paria if the situation in neighbouring Venezuela deteriorates any further.

This was the view of University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute of International Relations director Prof Jessica Byron-Reid yesterday.

Referring to the recent kidnapping of six fishermen, Byron-Reid said increased criminality in the Gulf of Paria could be one result of a total break down of law and order in Venezuela.

Byron-Reid said such a development would pose risks to citizens in the gulf.

She also said increased movement of Venezuelans seeking refuge could be another result.

But Byron-Reid said there was nothing to indicate that a total collapse of law and order had happened. Should the situation in Venezuela deteriorate, she said, Government should have some contingencies in place to evacuate any TT nationals there who want to return home.


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