By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, this past week, affirmed government’s support for the Caribbean Community ( CARICOM)’s push for reparations for slavery from Europe.
“There is a CARICOM initiative to seek reparations , and as a member of CARICOM we support that”, Barrow said.
He added that if Belize is prepared to sign on to a convention, if one arises from the 36th Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government.
Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, prior to the conference, said that reparations was definitely on the list of topics to discuss.
Stuart underscored that the heads of government need to strategise how they will engage in meaningful discussions with the former slave-owning states.
“What we want is to discuss a way forward in terms of development of this region”, Stuart said, “in the context of under-development which has resulted from slavery itself.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, attended the conference along with the Chief Executive Officers of both the Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister’s office.
In February the heads of government met and discussed both the budget for the CARICOM Reparations Committee, and the budget for the law firm, Leigh Day, which would be preparing the legal submission to the international courts.