By Ken Richards
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A common Caribbean Community (CARICOM) approach to the situation in Syria is an unlikely development, according to former Antigua-Barbuda prime minister Lester Bird.
Leading regional academic Professor Brian Meeks has called on CARICOM countries to adopt a common position as it regards the ongoing situation in Syria. Meeks is suggesting that Caribbean countries stick close to the United Nations and the positions taken by the UN on Syria.
Former Antigua-Barbuda PM Lester Bird
Bird said CARICOM member states will have a hard time reaching consensus.
“You very seldom ever get CARICOM on a matter of this significance to have unanimity on it. So, I doubt that you’re going to get that, you’ll have differing opinions on it and how it should be dealt (with), I really do not believe that CARICOM has the capacity to come to a unanimous decision as to how we should move forward,” Bird told WINN FM.
The United States has signaled that it may embark on military action against Syria because of the government’s alleged use of chemical weapons that claimed the lives of hundreds. Some kind of military action is also under consideration in France – the British parliament earlier voted against this.
Bird said if the chemical use story is true then Syria should be made to understand that that is unacceptable.
“The United States and the international community will not abide it, and so it is unfortunate that the British in fact didn’t agree,” the former Antiguan leader said.
“There should be action but no boots on the ground,” he responded when asked whether military action should be mounted against Syria.
“There should be some sort of military response,” Bird affirmed.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network