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International News: Ukraine’s Zelenskyy to address CARICOM Heads of Government meeting

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2023. 5:08 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Ahead of the one-year launch of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders during their 44th summit that gets underway in The Bahamas on Wednesday, CMC News reports via Caribbean National Weekly.

Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said the Ukrainian leader will address the regional leaders by video link on Friday from the Ukrainian capital.

CARICOM was among many who a year ago strongly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its recognition of the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as a “violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine… the hostilities against Ukraine go counter to the principles of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of another sovereign state and the prohibition on the threat or use of force, and the peaceful resolution of disputes, which are the bedrock of this Community.”

It called for an end to military hostilities and intense diplomatic dialogue toward peace, but so far that has not materialized.

Closer to home according to Minister Mitchell, the rapidly escalating instability in Haiti is also on the Heads’ agenda, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau present as the Canadians have agreed to take the lead in trying to resolve some of these problems. Trudeau will be holding talks with Bahamas Prime Minister Phillip Davis, who is also the CARICOM chairman, on the matter.

Minister Mitchell told a news conference that Canada and the United States will both be represented in Nassau on this issue to find solutions to solve the political situation and improve security.


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