CARICOM Sees Danger in Caribbean Waters

Prime Minister of St Kitts & Nevis and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr. Denzil Douglas, has asked for an immediate stop to the shipping of radioactive materials through the Caribbean Ocean, a route which he said is “unacceptable and injurious”.

The CARICOM Chairman went on by saying that “It has become intolerable to the governments and people of the Caribbean, as it compromises the rich but fragile ecosystem, and puts at risk the very existence of the people…”.

On the horizon of this matter, a new shipment of Vitrified High Level Waste is suspected to leave the United Kingdom for Japan, travelling through the Caribbean Sea. CARICOM strongly supports the decision to stop the transports of such shipments in our waters, said the Prime Minister.

 

Dr.  Douglas added that “The environmental, socio-economic and cultural identity of CARICOM is dependent on the integrity of the sea from which the region takes its name. CARICOM vehemently condemns as unacceptable and injurious, the practice by the United Kingdom, France and Japan of transporting hazardous waste through the Caribbean Sea, thus risking the very existence of the people of the Caribbean. This on-going practice is intolerable to the people and governments of CARICOM”.

 

The community pleads with those who are responsible for the transportation of these harmful materials, to cease them instantly.


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