Govt lauded for defying Trump
The Freundel Stuart administration has been lauded for the position it took in spite of threats by the United States of America against countries which voted in support of the United Nations General Assembly resolution to reject the US’S unilateral recogn
Political activist David Comissiong described the threat by the US after recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by President Donald Trump as the “ugly American in all its extreme dimensions”, while lauding the principled position taken by Barbados in supporting the United Nations resolution.
However, he bemoaned the fact that some CARICOM countries broke ranks and abstained during the vote fearing the bullying tactics of the United States government.
“Barbados is to be congratulated because we are aware that the Trump administration made very open threats of victimisation against governments that supported the United Nations resolution. The Trump administration exhibited the ugly American [trait] in all its extreme dimensions, actually threatening sovereign nations all over the world that if they exercise their sovereign rights to self-determination and to think for themselves and to express their national will that the USA would attack and victimise them.”
Comissiong said Barbados voted in accordance with international law, international principle and all the United Nations resolutions.
“It has been made clear that the Palestinian people have a right as well to regard Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state that must come into existence,” he said.
Comissiong, who is an attorney-at-law, said: “It is regrettable because when the Caribbean Community was established in 1973, one of the main objectives of that CARICOM Treaty was that the CARICOM countries would co-ordinate their foreign policy and articulate one cohesive, collective CARICOM foreign policy to the rest of the world.”
Political scientist and leading regional pollster Peter Wickham described Trump’s action in declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as “extremely crass and unfortunate”.
Acknowledging that he is a regular critic of the Freundel Stuart administration, Wickham said that on this occasion the administration must be commended for voting in favour of the UN resolution.
“I felt it was important that people like myself, because I am very critical of Stuart, should record my support for the move. I thought it was the right thing. I have some concerns about the fact that CARICOM could not take a united position. I think that really leaves much to be desired,” Wickham said. ( NC)