Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves: Our Independence still under threat

Published at: Barbados Advocate

by Janelle Husbands
March 17, 2005

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Gonsalves: Our Independence still under threat

Web Posted - Thu Mar 17 2005
By Janelle Husbands

PRIME MINISTER of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves,
recently outlined the uniqueness that defines the Caribbean
civilization, which historically has survived and thrived over the past
500 years.

He lamented however, that while the Caribbean has risen above slavery,
colonialism and imperialism, our independence today is still under

Addressing a packed LT4 at the Cave Hill campus on Tuesday night, Dr.
Gonsalves made reference to the situations in Haiti and Cuba and the
ongoing discussions on the possible repercussions that would be felt by
his country, and the Caribbean on a whole, if we were to lend
assistance or form allies with countries that do not meet the approval of some
larger countries.

I will develop close relations with Cuba, because Cuba is a Caribbean
country. I do not have the presidential politics of South Florida to
encumber me, I am not looking for votes from Cubans in Miami from the
right-wing, I am not going to allow presidential politics from South
Florida to set the foreign policy for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
I see it on the Net they say that I am a stupid man, what America can
do to me...What America can do to me? Take me away like how they take away
Aristide? he queried.

Dr. Gonsalves, while strongly advocating regional unity, told the
students that one should make decisions that one considers to be right.
You don't be foolish-you don't invite unnecessary difficulties because
you have to be practical, but at the same time there are certain things
which to do otherwise would mean that you not being a human being.
The Vincentian leader also made reference to the situation in Haiti,
which he said is connected to the issue of United Action. He reminded
the students that the Security Council of the United Nations was
approached by CARICOM with a Plan of Action that would address the
senseless killings in Haiti. However, three days later, Aristide left

They summoned a meeting of the Security Council and said, let us now
use the CARICOM plan and restore Haiti, but minus Aristide, the man who is
duly elected president of Haiti. And you want me to support that? he

If I support that, I am saying that the eight million people in Haiti
that they have no dignity, no right because they voted for somebody, I
have to respect that. And nobody however powerful must contrive the
situation where that person who is duly elected can be removed from his

And I say I will not sit with La Tortue in any councils in CARICOM, and
if they bring him in the front door, I leave in the same front door.
But I know the people in the Caribbean will not allow that to happen,
he stated

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6. Support the calls by the OAS, CARICOM and the African Union for an investigation into the circumstances of President Aristide's removal. Support the enactment of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's T.R.U.T.H Act (HR 3919) which calls for a U.S. Congressional investigation of the forcible removal of the democratically elected President and government of Haiti.




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