JAMAICA'S policy position towards Cuba remains consistent says Marks

JAMAICA'S  policy position towards Cuba remains consistent says Marks

WASHINGTON,  DC, August 5, 2021 - Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks, has hit back at critics who said Jamaica was “missing in action” in relation to a CARICOM position that demanded the OAS postpone a meeting on Cuba scheduled for last week Wednesday or face a boycott.

Jamaica's Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, OAS, and Ambassador to the United States , Audrey P. MarksJamaica's Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, OAS, and Ambassador to the United States , Audrey P. MarksIn a Letter to the Editor of the Gleaner newspaper, Ambassador Marks insisted that Jamaica’s position on Cuba remains consistent.  “The fact is, Jamaica has always supported the CARICOM position on Cuba. At the international level, Jamaica has always supported the UN Resolutions, including the one most recently adopted in June of this year, calling for an end to the Embargo in Cuba. The issue of the Embargo was also recently discussed by the Jamaican Parliament and there remains strong bipartisan support on this issue,”  Ambassador Marks emphasized.

She pointed out that the Chair of the CARICOM Caucus at the OAS was well aware that she had been chairing a meeting at the OAS on the day in question and that the meeting would have ended beyond the 1:00 PM deadline set by the Caucus Chair.

“The fact is that during the morning of Tuesday, July 27th, I was not ‘missing in action’, but actually chairing a meeting at the OAS. It was a known fact, published widely, that Jamaica had taken over the chairmanship of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) for the second semester of 2021,” she pointed out.

“On noting the timeline of my scheduled meeting, Jamaica’s Mission to the OAS advised the Chair of the Caucus of the need for an extension beyond the 1:00 pm deadline to facilitate Jamaica’s participation in a CARICOM position,” Ambassador Marks explained.

She pointed out that “ after I had finished my meeting, I sought to understand from my CARICOM colleagues the basis of the decision to boycott, as it was felt that there were other legitimate ways to object to the convening of any meeting or strongly putting across our stated position on this matter.

“The Caucus Chair and other colleagues shared practical reasons for the decided methodology to boycott the meeting which, in the interest of time, I also accepted and informed the Chair of Jamaica’s support. That was the end of the matter,” the Jamaican Ambassador explained.

The Jamaican envoy  chided the newspaper Editor for failure of the reporter to check with the Jamaican Embassy. “No attempt was made by the journalist to contact me or anyone else at the Embassy of Jamaica Washington DC, for clarification before publishing,”  she declared.

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