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ALBA Political Council discusses regional topics, cooperation

Ambassador to CARICOM and OECS Commissioner, H.E. Sydney Osborne (left); Foreign Servicer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Sonia Boddie-Thompson; and .Ambassador in the Office of the Prime Minister, H.E. Michael Powell.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –- The regional situation including politicization of migration and threats towards regional peace and security were a few of the topics discussed during the Nov. 8 17th Ordinary Meeting of the Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of America (ALBA) in Managua, Nicaragua. St. Kitts and Nevis was among eight countries of the 11-member organization participating in this important meeting.

The delegation was headed by Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM); OECS Commissioner, H.E. Lionel Sydney Osborne; and representing the Federation, Ambassador in the Office of the Prime Minister, H.E. Michael Powell; and Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Sonia Boddie-Thompson. Other countries in attendance at the meeting were Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda.

ALBA was founded in 2004 by Venezuela and Cuba as the Latin American and Caribbean countries integration platform. ALBA emphasizes solidarity, complimentarily, justice and cooperation.

Topics discussed included: the regional situation, results of electoral processes, aggression towards ALBA member countries, unilateral coercive measures, citizenship by investment, correspondent banking, politicization of migration and threats towards regional peace and security.

Speaking on behalf of St. Kitts and Nevis, Ambassador Osborne took the opportunity to thank the Government of Venezuela for its continued generosity to the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis.

“St. Kitts and Nevis is committed to ALBA,” H.E. Osborne said. We do not support any type of political interference in the countries of our region, by those who believe that, might is right.” He assured the gathering that although St. Kitts and Nevis is a small country, the Federation “stands in solidarity, shoulder to shoulder, with other countries that are under threat of external interference.”

The meeting concluded with countries adopting a declaration which among several things:
•rejects any and all attempts of interference in the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean;
• reiterates the need for more political integration and consensus as a way of defending the sovereignty and self-determination of its people;
• highlights that developing countries are the ones who suffer the adverse effects of climate change;
• reiterates the demand for the unconditional lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba; as well as
• rejecting the measures adopted by those who name some members of the Caribbean countries as non-cooperative jurisdictions.

It was confirmed at the meeting that Cuba will host the 16th ALBA Summit in December.

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