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Suriname president calls for CARICOM to do all it can to assist Haiti hit by an earthquake & a tropical storm

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2021. 8:56 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The President of Suriname, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, said the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) should do all it can to assist Haiti after the Caribbean country was hit by an earthquake and a tropical storm.

Santokhi made the comment as he paid a courtesy call to new CARICOM Secretary-General, Dr. Carla Barnett, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, on Wednesday said CARICOM TODAY.

Haiti, hit by a 7.2 earthquake last week Saturday and by Tropical Storm Grace on Tuesday, is reeling with recovery efforts. About 2,000 people died during the earthquake. Additionally, Haiti has been suffering from generalized gang violence, kidnappings, and most recently the assassination of its president.

Santokhi said CARICOM must not abandon Haiti and must work with hemispheric and wider international partners to ensure that democracy, democratic institutions, and the rule of law are maintained in Haiti.

CARICOM TODAY also said the Suriname president “expressed his country’s full support to the integration movement and to the new Secretary-General, Dr Barnett who took up the post on Monday.”

In response, Secretary-General Barnett agreed with him that Haiti was a priority saying the situation in Haiti was “very painful” but told Santokhi that the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) was already working with Haiti’s disaster agency in aid of the French-speaking Caribbean country.

CARICOM TODAY also said that Dr. Barnett was in agreement with other priorities mentioned by President Santokhi, in particular, the CARICOM response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for vaccination, post pandemic economic recovery, and climate change.

Dr. Barnett also said that CARICOM, recognizing the importance of the upcoming United Nations climate change conference, COP26 in the United Kingdom, was making sure that it would be well prepared for the negotiations.

President Santokhi invited Dr. Barnett to visit Suriname.


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