February 28, 2010

Goodbye OAS, hello CLACS?

Published on: 2/26/2010.


THERE NEEDS TO BE A DEFINITIVE STATEMENT - the sooner the better - offering the rationale for and benefits of the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) teaming up with our Latin neighbours to form a new hemispheric organisation - the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CLACS).

Impressed as it is with its Latin neighbours, CARICOM has an obligation to ensure that its best interests are not submerged in the "action agendas" of these allies.

The announcement of this "community" in the making originated out of Cancun, Mexico, last Tuesday at the close of a two-day Summit Of Latin American And Caribbean Heads Of Government And Foreign Ministers.

Among the absent CARICOM leaders were the president of Guyana and the prime ministers of Barbados, Jamaica and St Vincent and the Grenadines. And CARICOM's current chairman Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, felt the need to go quickly on the defensive in explaining to the media that the intention was not to "ignore" or "mash up" the 34-member Organisation of American States (OAS).

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