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Monday, April 03, 2006 

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CARICOM-US Conference on the Caribbean?

Monday, April 3, 2006

by Sir Ronald Sanders

After US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had a meeting with CARICOM Foreign Ministers in March, an editorial in the Barbados Nation newspaper proclaimed: “Nothing new from Rice Meeting”.

Rightfully, the editorial surmised that “no more than a one-hour working session” produced “nothing new of significance” in the US-CARICOM relationship.

The agreement “on the importance of the international community remaining engaged in Haiti over the long term, in order to promote stability and socio-economic progress” was the least they could say.

Except for one line, the joint press statement issued at the end of the meeting which was held in the Bahamas, tended to confirm the conclusion of the Nation’s Editorial.....

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