Thursday, June 17, 2004

Hti: Caricom looks to another like itself

Bridgetown, Barbados: A former Caribbean Community (Caricom) diplomat believes that a Caricom-backed Organization of American States (OAS) resolution will not make a difference to the Gerard Lartortue administration in Haiti.

"The OAS has dithered back and forth on this one and what is perhaps crucial, whether we like it or not, is that the US has a fairly definite position on this thing already. I don't think the OAS position is going to make one bit of difference one way or the other," Orlando Marville said.

Marville, who served as assistant Caricom secretary-general and led several missions to the former French colony, said that "nobody is going to take the OAS position...that seriously".

The OAS on Tuesday night, June 8, adopted a resolution instructing its Permanent Council to help ensure the return of democracy in Haiti.

The resolution urges the council to use "all necessary diplomatic initiatives" in achieving the objective.

The assembly of the hemisphere's foreign ministers also urged Haiti's transitional government at the same time to continue creating conditions conducive to free, fair and democratic elections as soon as possible.

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