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​CARICOM condemns reported Trump comments about Haiti, other countries

Published:Saturday | January 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The 15 member regional grouping, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) says it is deeply disturbed by reports about the use of derogatory and repulsive language by the President of the United States in respect to the French speaking CARICM nation of Haiti, and other developing countries.

In a statement on Saturday, CARICOM said it “condemns in the strongest terms, the unenlightened views reportedly expressed”.

The regional body also pointed to what it says is a “pattern of denigrating Haiti and its citizens in what seems to be a concerted attempt to perpetuate a negative narrative of the country. We are especially saddened that such narrative emerged around the time of the anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake which took so many lives of citizens in that country.”

“The Caribbean Community expresses its full support for the dignified statement of the Government of the Republic of Haiti in reaction to this highly offensive reference.”

According to CARICOM it should be recalled that Haiti is the second democracy in the Western Hemisphere after the United States and that Haitians continue to contribute significantly in many spheres to the global community and particularly to the United States of America.

“CARICOM therefore views this insult to the character of the countries named and their citizens as totally unacceptable,” the statement noted.