PM Harris urges solidarity against DR Government’s treatment of Haitians

Prime Minister Harris told his Caricom colleagues, “There is no other time for which regional unity and solidarity are more important than the current humanitarian and human rights crisis affecting our Haitian brethren and the beleaguered Dominicans of Haitian descent.

Speaking on behalf of the citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis, Harris said the country opposes the “assault to their human rights and dignity” through, what he described as covert and overt actions of the Government of Dominica.

Considering these things, Harris said, I therefore call on the Dominican Republic authorities to cease and desist with any plan that would lead to the expulsion of Dominicans of Haitian descent and render them stateless. Consideration should also be given to extend the deadline for the registration of undocumented migrants to allow time for the appropriate solution to be devised in keeping with international principles.”

Senior Minister Vance Amory, Ambassador to Caricom Sidney Osborne and Foreign Service Officer Sonia Boddie accompanied Prime Minister Harris to the Caricom heads meeting.

Heads engaged in several meetings including those with Secretary General of the United Nation H. E. Ban- Ki Moon and President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela.

Several bilateral meetings were scheduled for the St. Kitts and Nevis prime minister and representatives of international governments including Italy.

Meanwhile, incoming Caricom chairman, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of Barbados commented on the region’s need to raise it expectations and deliver more, including addressing the region’s food security in a practical manner.

Prime Minister Stuart said, “For how much longer are we going to repeat that between the lands of Guyana, of Belize and now also of Suriname, we have the veritable breadbasket of the Caribbean?”

He continued, “Has the time not come, is the hour not upon us when we must, in a structured manner, mobilize the idle hands in our region around the idle lands in our region and deal systematically with the food security issues we have been facing?”

The prime minister’s remarks seem to suggest one of the priority areas he intends to tackle while serving as chairman of the regional body.

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