Caribbean governments backtrack on Falklands blockade

first_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Caribbean governments backtrack on Falklands blockade by: – February 10, 2012 23 Views   no discussions ALBA heads of state and government attending the summit in CaracasST JOHN’S, Antigua — Just days after the Commonwealth Caribbean countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines were among ALBA members that had reportedly agreed to block any ships flying the Falkland Islands flag from docking in their ports, the Antigua and Barbuda government has distanced itself from any such agreement.“Antigua and Barbuda has never supported any call for the banning of flagships from any country in the region and therefore disassociates itself from any statement regarding the banning of ships carrying the flag of the Falklands (Malvinas) from entering our ports,” the government said in an official statement on Wednesday.Antigua and Barbuda also supports a “peaceful and definitive solution” to the territorial dispute between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, the government said. Meanwhile, St Vincent and the Grenadines said its support of the ALBA agreement to ban ships with the Falklands Islands flag from entering its ports is “symbolic”. Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves told a news conference on Wednesday that the ALBA summit merely added on a paragraph to a resolution adopted in December by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Gonsalves said that CELAC had indicated it was giving “support for the cause of the Argentineans in principle but more particularly the request was being made for the issue to be resolved within the context of the discussion taking place on sovereignty of these islands through the United Nations mechanisms”. “And that is basically what is restated in this declaration… the real addition was the paragraph that says ‘Support the decision by the countries of the region to ban ships with the colonial flag imposed on the Malvinas from entering their ports’,” he said, adding “it is largely a symbolic gesture.” “And when this declaration says support the declaration made by those countries … we don’t have ships from the Falklands coming to St Vincent,” Gonsalves pointed out.At the 11th summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA), made up of Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador and St Vincent and the Grenadines, participating heads of state and government had reportedly approved a special agreement to back Argentina’s call for the restoration of the British Overseas Territory claimed by Argentina as Las Malvinas to Argentinean sovereignty.By Caribbean News Now contributor Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img

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