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Caribbean integration is possible, St Vincent PM tells ACS summit
Published on June 8, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

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Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Dr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, reaffirmed on Saturday in Havana that integration in Latin America and the Caribbean is a possible, realistic path and that its consolidation will make it possible for countries in the area to face common challenges.

Speaking at the seventh summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Gonsalves urged the region to work together and to use honest dialogue to resolve differences, thus promoting genuine friendship.

In the presence of heads of state and government, as well as delegations taking part in the high-level session of the meeting, he said that the Caribbean countries are united by history, geography and biology, reasons why they should work together.

The prime minister emphasized that, in order to achieve the common good, it is essential to maintain a dialogue on air and maritime transport, trade, tourism and technology.

Gonsalves mentioned that the countries washed by the Caribbean Sea had to face colonialism, slavery, genocide and imperialism, and with such precedents it is urgent to defend the sovereignty of the region.

Referring to commercial relations with Cuba he pointed out that one of the main obstacles continues to be the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba.

In turn, Dr Keith Rowley, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, said his country gives solidarity support to its Caribbean neighbours on the basis of the common objectives of the ACS, and they are committed, on this premise, not to interfere directly or indirectly in the affairs of other nations.

In addition, he advocated that the members of the ACS take part in other forums as a single nation, in which all of them must be recognized and respected, he suggested.
 
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Comments:

C. ben-David:

None of these tin-pot leaders, including Gonsalves, would ever surrender any of the power, privilege, and prestige that integration would bring with it.

Peter Binose:

David I have just heard that he was misquoted.

this is the quote above:

Dr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, reaffirmed on Saturday in Havana that integration in Latin America and the Caribbean is a possible, realistic path and that its consolidation will make it possible for countries in the area to face common challenges.

This is what I am told he actually said:

“Dr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, reaffirmed on Saturday in Havana that colonic irrigation in Latin America and the Caribbean is a possible, realistic path and that its consolidation will make it possible for countries in the area to face common challenges”.

When you read it with rest of the piece it makes a lot of sense and it's more in the vein of how he would talk.


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