CARICOM calls for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and an end to Russian Aggression

CARICOM calls for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and an end to  Russian Aggression

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, March 3, 2022 - Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community has strongly condemned the military attacks and invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation and call for an immediate ceasefire, an end to all acts of aggression, and the urgent withdrawal of Russian military forces in Ukraine. 

In a statement emanating from the 33rd Inter-Sessional of the Conference of Heads of the Caribbean Community held at San Pedro in Belize, the CARICOM heads say any concerns the Russian Federation may have must be resolved diplomatically and not through warfare.

“We reaffirm the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and call for respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,”  the CARICOM Heads declared.

“We call on all parties involved to urgently intensify diplomatic dialogue and to immediately de-escalate hostilities and work towards sustainable peace,'' the 15 member organization said. 

Chairman of the Conference of Heads of CARICOM, Prime Minister John Brisceno  Brisceno of Belize Chairman of the Conference of Heads of CARICOM, Prime Minister John Brisceno Brisceno of Belize “The invasion of Ukraine is causing untold loss and destruction of life and property for the civilian population of Ukraine, including women and children, in violation of international humanitarian law, and has caused a growing humanitarian crisis.

“We express appreciation to the Governments and people of neighbouring countries who are extending humanitarian services to refugees fleeing Ukraine.  We are particularly concerned about the plight of and discrimination against non-European nationals and call for the guarantee of the safety and security of nationals of the Caribbean, Latin American and Africa and from those countries who are seeking to leave Ukraine.  In this regard, we underscore the importance of respect for human rights and the human dignity of persons in keeping with international commitments.

“We reiterate that the principles of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of another sovereign state, the prohibition on the threat or use of force, and the peaceful resolution of all disputes must be adhered to by all nations.

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) says it is concerned that the military confrontation taking place in Europe could have repercussions in the Region, and strongly rejects any attempt to deploy military assets that can elevate tension and threaten the peace, territorial integrity, and sovereignty of this Region.

The Community says it is resolute in its affirmation of the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace and calls on all countries to refrain from actions that undermine the Declaration made in 2014.

 

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