We are pleased that
Indeed, it is a course of action which this newspaper, twice last week, urged on Prime Minister P J Patterson, but which
The action by Caricom, we think, is important in two respects.
Firstly, it is a signal of a new willingness of the mainly English-speaking members of the Caricom to fully embrace Haiti into the regional family and to recognise it as a full partner in the community – not as a country whose presence is tolerated and even acknowledged but whose status is in limbo.
Which is how the rest of the
The truth is that the tendency is on occasion to recall with romantic vision the achievements and ideal of the Haitian revolution. For there is a pride, in mostly black nations, in knowing that a black slave army defeated the powerful French colonisers to create the world’s first black republic more than a 150 years before any other member of Caricom received its independence and nearly decades before slavery was abolished in the British Caribbean.
Yet, our prevailing vision of
Any engagement of
Moreover, it is our view that in the context of today’s increasingly globalised world, instability in
Conversely, a stable and prosperous
But we have another reason why we welcome the move by Caricom. The move points to the continuing emergence of the community not only as an economic grouping but as a political entity.
In this sense it reflects the growth of the community faster than the pace of its formal institutions. For in the case of
This is good for the advancement of the proposed
But the announcement by President Aristide of
Hopefully, he and the Haitian opposition demanding his resignation will attend the proposed special summit that Mr Patterson has offered to host.
Caricom must tell all parties to the Haitian conflict that if they wish their country to be truly part of the regional family, and gain any benefits that the community has to offer, then they must behave with maturity and come to the table in good faith.
Having started this political process, the community needs now to begin to think of terms of sanctions for errant members.
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