CARICOM Summit Closes on Unifying High Note
Castries, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The leaders of the 15 states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) conclude their 26th regional Summit Wednesday after four days of profound deliberation toward regional integration.
The priorities of the summit were to diminish inequalities among the countries with the Single Market and Caribbean Economy (MUEC) and setting up a fund for development to facilitate trade, as well as tactics to decelerate AIDS in the region.
Participating in the Summit were representatives of CARICOM´s 15 member-states: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Granada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, San Cristobel and Nevis, Saint Vicente and the Grenadines, Santa Lucia, Surinam and Trinidad and Tobago.
Launch of a common passport to facilitate free movement between the member states of MUEC was approved for 2006.
The delegates also proposed measures to assist in solving the crisis in Haiti since the coup d état in February 2004 against President Jean Bertrand Aristide; although they did not recognize the interim government there.
They likewise rejected, and agreed on a strategy to confront, the disadvantageous reform for sugar sales proposed by the European Union for the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Group.
Specific mechanisms were approved to deal with crime, on the rise in some countries in the area, especially Jamaica.