JIS News

Following President Jean Bertrand Aristide’s departure from office, Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are now in Jamaica for an emergency meeting at Jamaica House to discuss how the region will respond to the situation in Haiti.
In the island are Owen Arthur, Prime Minister of Barbados; Perry Christie, Prime Minister of Bahamas; Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago; Dr. Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of St. Lucia, and Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana.
A number of Foreign Ministers are also attending the meeting, including S. R. Insanally from Guyana; Fred Mitchell, Bahamas; Godfrey Smith, Belize; Dr. Timothy Harris, St. Kitts and Nevis; Louis Straker, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Charles Savarin, Tourism Minister of Dominica. Edwin Carrington, Secretary General of CARICOM is also attending.
Haiti has been in a crisis for some time. Now that Aristide has left office it is important that democracy prevails in Haiti. Prime Minister Patterson, Chairman of CARICOM has stated that CARICOM remains committed to promoting the growth of democratic institutions in Haiti.
The focus now has to be on examining the way forward in relation to Haiti and the nature of the support that CARICOM would continue to give to the people of Haiti.