Caribbean leaders on Tuesday decided to send a delegation of foreign ministers to meet with Haiti's interim prime minister, but stopped short of officially recognizing his government, the prime minister of St. Kitts said.
The announcement came after prime ministers from the region retreated to a private island to debate the legitimacy of Haiti's interim government and whether it should be allowed to return to the Caribbean Community.
Haiti's interim government suspended membership in the 15-member regional bloc after Jamaica gave temporary refuge to former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The bloc then withheld support for the interim government at a March summit, raising concerns over Aristide's claim of a coup orchestrated by the US government.
"We have agreed to officially engage Haiti," St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas said. "We were able to arrive at a position that everyone finds comfort with."
Leaders from the region said they would send a team of five foreign ministers to Haiti as soon as possible to discuss preconditions before fully recognizing the interim government, Douglas said.
He said one of the conditions was to disarm armed rebels who staged the rebellion against Aristide. The foreign ministers would return and submit a report, Douglas said.
After starting their annual summit in Grenada on Sunday, leaders of the regional bloc on Tuesday retreated to Calivigny Island owned by French businessman George Cohen, who is building a high-scale resort on the island.
Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and the Bahamas have said they would support Haiti's return to the regional bloc. Cabinet ministers from several other nations, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said they planned to follow suit and welcome Haiti's return.
St. Vincent would not back the recognition, according to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, and Belize, Trinidad, Barbados, Suriname and Grenada have said they will support recognition only under certain conditions, including setting a date for general elections and releasing former prime minister Yvon Neptune.
Neptune went into hiding two weeks after Aristide's departure and turned himself in to authorities last week to face accusations of orchestrating political killings. He has denied wrongdoing.
A three-member Haitian delegation led by Foreign Minister Yvon Simeon was invited to meet informally with leaders but was barred from participating in formal talks until member nations decide whether to recognize Haiti.
Simeon said he would not comment until a formal announcement had been made, due yesterday.
An Australian university student who has never visited China and has only a modest social media following would seem an unlikely target for the Chinese government. However, when a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman personally denounced Drew Pavlou at a news conference, it was just the next phase in an extraordinary campaign against the 21-year-old that has fueled concerns over China’s targeting of critics overseas. Pavlou first placed himself in the superpower’s sights when in July last year he organized a small sit-in at the University of Queensland, where he studies, to protest against various Chinese government policies. Since then, the Global
‘ASKED TO MOVE OUT’: Indonesian coast guard personnel argued with a Chinese vessel over territorial claims after it entered the country’s exclusive economic zone An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that spent almost three days in waters where Indonesia claims economic rights and that are near the southernmost part of China’s disputed claims to the South China Sea. The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency on Friday night detected Chinese ship 5204 entering Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in what Indonesia calls the North Natuna Sea. The agency sent a patrol ship that closed within 1km of the Chinese coast guard vessel and they communicated to affirm their position and their nation’s claims to the area, Indonesian Maritime Security Agency head Aan Kurnia said. “We
BEFORE WINTER COMES: Snow cuts off roads into Ladakh for four months or more each year, so the crunch is on to get food, tents and high-altitude equipment to Leh From deploying mules to large transport aircraft, the Indian military has activated its entire logistics network to transport supplies to thousands of troops for a harsh winter along a bitterly disputed Himalayan border with China. In the past few months, one of India’s biggest military logistics exercises in years has brought vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel, winter supplies and food into Ladakh, a region bordering Tibet that India administers as a union territory, officials said. The move was triggered by a border standoff with China in the snow deserts of Ladakh that began in May and escalated in June into hand-to-hand
Since her personal telephone number was posted online, Hong Kong democracy advocate and Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions chairperson Carol Ng has received menacing calls from strangers and been bombarded with messages calling her a “cockroach.” She is not alone. A sophisticated and shady Web site called HK Leaks has ramped up its “doxxing” — where people’s personal details are published online — of Hong Kong democracy advocates, targeting those it says have broken Hong Kong’s National Security Law. Promoted by groups linked to the Chinese Chinese Communist Party and hosted on Russia-based servers, HK Leaks has become the most prominent “doxxing”