CARICOM to boycott Haiti talks in Cayenne
by Ivan Cairo
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
PARAMARIBO, Suriname: CARICOM will not participate in meetings scheduled for next month in Cayenne, French Guiana, if the Haitian interim government led by Prime Minister Gerard Latortue is invited.
At the meeting, under the auspices of France, donors will discuss the financing of the reconstruction of crisis-ridden Haiti.
CARICOM will, however, not back down from its stance that democratic rule must be restored in Haiti before the Community will engage the outcast member state again in formal talks and assistance.
For now the only assistance Haiti will get from CARICOM, is through the structures of the United Nations and the Organization of American States, Surinamese minister of Foreign Affairs, Marie Levens, said Tuesday at a press meeting in Paramaribo.
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