Between Self-Determination and Dependency: Jamaica's Foreign Relations, 1972-1989

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DECLARATiON ON HAiTi Of THE MEETiNG Of CARICOM/CARibbEAN LEAdERS, HELd iN BARbAdOS ON JANUARY 6, 1988:

The following statement was issued in Barbados at the conclusion of the CARICOM/ Caribbean leaders meeting to discuss the situation in Haiti:

"We the CARICOM/ Caribbean leaders having met in Barbados on Wednesday, 6th January, 1988 to discuss the Haitian situation:

Bearing in mind our deep interest in the peace, stability and orderly development of the Caribbean region;

Considering our commitment to the promotion of democracy and human rights in the Region and elsewhere;

Taking into account our solidarity with the people of Haiti in their efforts to achieve political, economic, social and cultural development with a democratic system which scrupulously respects the fundamental rights and freedoms of the citizen;

Bearing in mind the expressed aspiration of our peoples and the people of Haiti for closer ties of friendship and cooperation;

Recalling their decision at the Eighth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in July 1987 that extension of Haiti's current observer status in certain Standing Committees of CARICOM would be conditional upon the holding of proper election;

Recalling that the people of Haiti had been subjected over the past 30 years to a particularly brutal dictatorship which came to an end on 7th February, 1986 with the departure of Jean-Claude Duvalier into exile;

Taking note of the appointment of the National Council of Government (CNG) as a provisional Government;

Noting further that a new constitution for Haiti was overwhelmingly approved by a popular referendum on 29th March, 1987;

Noting in particular the provision in the new Constitution for the establishment of an independent electoral machinery and the transitional provi

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