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

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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)

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