“(() Despite the progress, we still have a lot of work to do,” Motley said at the 49th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica. .
The head of government recalled that through this move, the leaders of these newly independent countries expressed their disagreement with the US-sponsored policy of isolation on Cuba based on economic, trade and financial sanctions.
By establishing relations, they “sent a message to the world that isolating Cuba was wrong and that they would no longer be a part of it. They established a philosophy that said justice and equality would govern the relations of their countries with all others.”
That position of Errol Barrow, the then Prime Minister of Barbados; Jamaica, Michael Manley; Trinidad and Tobago, Eric Williams and Guyana’s President Forbes Burnham are echoing the majority in the international community today, calling for an end to this illegal policy imposed by Washington on Havana six decades ago.
Although the decision to establish diplomatic relations did not respond to any economic interest, but rather to policy, “the friendly hand of Cuba was sufficient to repay any perceived debt,” Motley pointed out.
The President recalled that Havana had provided regional countries with its education system, industries in various fields and especially cooperation programs such as Health and Operation Miracle.
He reiterated the importance of CURICOM members’ support for Cuba with special staff in the fight against Govt-19.
“The depth of this gesture becomes even clearer when we recognize that it is not a country that provides surplus, but rather a neighbor that helps other neighbors and fights itself against the same atrocities,” he said.
Motley thanked President Miguel Diaz Colonel Bermudas and the Cuban people for the date, and hoped that the next anniversary of Caricom-Cuban relations would be celebrated in an environment where the siege had been completely lifted.
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