Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Joint Diplomatic Mission Op-Ed: “We All Stand With Ukraine”

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People across the globe have been shocked and moved by the harrowing scenes from Ukraine. Whole cities are being destroyed by Russian missiles, with hospitals, apartment buildings and railway stations reduced to rubble.

Thousands have been killed, including many children. Three million people – equivalent to the entire population of Jamaica – have fled their homeland, uncertain if they will ever return. Of these, more than 1.5 million are children.

According to UNICEF, since the start of the war, 75,000 children per day have become refugees – that’s one child almost every single second. What was once a peaceful, free and democratic country has been subjected to fear, destruction and death.

Russia’s assault on Ukraine is an unprovoked, premeditated and barbaric attack against a sovereign state. And yet Vladimir Putin has shamelessly sought to justify the horror he has unleashed. He claims he is protecting ethnic Russians from an imagined genocide. He claims he is responding to NATO provocation. He claims that Ukraine is not a real country. The truth is that Putin is lying to his people and he is lying to the world.

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But the world has seen through Putin’s lies. Earlier this month 141 of the 193 United Nations (UN) Member States voted in favour of a UN resolution deploring the Russian invasion (only five countries voted against the resolution – Russia, North Korea, Belarus, Eritrea and Syria) and demanding that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from Ukraine.”

Caribbean states have been at the forefront of international action, with all fifteen CARICOM countries backing the UN resolution. CARICOM issued its own, clear statement against the “violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine”. Caribbean leaders condemned Russia’s assault on multilateralism, upon which the independence of small states rests.

The strength of Caribbean leadership on this issue has surprised some people. Many have asked why their governments have taken such a strong stance. Why get involved in someone else’s fight? What has a war five thousand miles away got to do with people here?

The fact is that this needless invasion has a direct impact on us all. Putin’s actions are sending economic shockwaves around the world, driving up food and fuel prices and increasing the cost of living. We are already feeling those effects here.

More than this, however, Putin’s war of choice is a direct attack on the principles of sovereignty and self-determination. These can seem like abstract ideas but they matter to us all. As a sovereign state Ukraine has a right to determine its own future – to choose its own allies, secure its own borders, and to trade and deal with whomever it wants.

This is the same sovereignty that the countries of the Caribbean rightly cherish; the same principles of self-determination on which all our countries are built. In trampling Ukraine’s sovereignty, Russia’s bullying aggression is threatening all of our freedoms. The implications for all of us are profound.

And so it has been vitally important that the countries of the Caribbean speak so clearly on this issue, and from a position of such clear moral authority. Once again – just as we saw in the COP26 climate talks last year – the voice of the Caribbean is being heard loud and clear on the world stage. Our governments – in London, Ottawa, Washington, and the twenty-seven Member States of the European Union – have been proud to stand with you on this, together with such a large coalition of countries across every continent.

Our dispute is not with the Russian people, but with Putin and his government and their proxies, including a well-established and insidious propaganda machinery. His flagrant violation of international law, and the barbaric suffering they are inflicting on the people of Ukraine, must not succeed. 141 countries have made that clear.

The people of Ukraine stand firm for the core values every democracy is built upon and take heart from knowing that the world stands with them. This struggle is not theirs alone. In defending Ukraine and her people, we defend ourselves, our freedoms and the right to self-determination, which we cherish. The aggressors must not win. We are confident in Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s prediction: “Life will win over death, and the light will win over darkness”. We must all #StandWithUkraine

Lilian Chatterjee, High Commissioner of Canada to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

Scott Furssedonn-Wood, British High Commissioner to Barbados and non-resident High Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines

Linda Taglialatela, U.S. Ambassador to Saint Lucia

Malgorzata Wasilewska, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM

Headline photo by Michael Swan

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  1. A lot of those who signed that letter, are simply political people that know nothing about the issues that they are supposed to represent. when politicians put these people in big positions it is like a reward post, not a knowledge or expertise based one. St lucia have those types in every single post overseas. They have zero credibility and training on what they are speaking about. Dismiss this propaganda piece. If Putin was so bent on a war with Ukraine, a few thousand out of several million would not have been gone. It is evident that Putin just targeting buildings for the most part. It does not mean there won’t be casualties. the Indians have been clear on this. That aint their war. The Chinese playing the US, EU and UK while ignoring them left right and center. So many millions killed in genocide all over Africa and the West declared; not our war. For us black and brown people, this war aint ours. You political post holders who have no knowledge of the job and should just shut it.

  2. What a load of diplomatic BS.

    The OECS, CARICOM full of corruption and crime, where’s the condemnation like you offer for Ukraine – the most CORRUPT country in Euroupe.

    The irony!

  3. If Ukraine was a Black Country on the Black Continent nobody would give a Rat’s Ass. It would be hardly be in the news……..there would be no world condemnation, they could drop a Nuclear Bomb on Black People all the better it would be for some to see Black People go. Genocide in Somalia who cared at the time ?? The UN was begging the US to step in nobody came to their rescue Not one Country intervine millions of Black People was slatured. You hear and see the US and Great Britain talk about fast tracking Ukrainians to their shore’s “FAST RACKING” eh ??? How many billions in aid set aside for them, make one fishing boat with Haitians reach Miami today they all going back immediately earthquake or no earthquake same for Mexicans and Brown People. That’s White People War, Blonde Hair Blue Eyes killing Blonde Hair Killing Blue Eyes Jews killing Jews, all Black People that was fleeing Ukraine were ORDERED AT GUNPOINT to get off buses and trains Ukrainians FIRST ONLY , Black People stop at borders refuse stay in hotels and peoples homes , look at the IG and You tube videos it’s there for the world to see but you don’t read or see it not even here in a Black Country, a Black Newspaper (supposeidly), they are more concerned with Russians coming to our shores can you imagine that, A BUNCH OF UNCLE TOM’S. I would kill for a hard copy of the Amsterdam News. Putin do your thing, you have a lot of people behind you; people don’t forget Ukraine was one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

  4. The joint diplomatic mission is obviously unaware that many citizens of the Caribbean already know that their op-ed is mere opinion consisting of propagandistic lies, which are far removed from facts on the ground (genocide of Donbas residents by neo-Nazis & US bio-warfare labs)!

    I am reminded that the Cold War was run (some would say, littered) by diplomats, while the New Cold War is being run by morons. The lingua franca of these morons is impressively stupid propaganda, but what is even more impressive is that there are still lots of people around the globe who believe them.

    I am reminded of an admission by William J. Casey, CIA Director from 1981-1987:
    “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public [and their vassal states] believes is false”.

    It is funny, also, that the democracy trope is always trundled out in support of the Empire’s global machinations; no mention is made of the hypocrisy in the fact that, like the Saudi Wahhabis, four of the countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom) of the Five-Eyes intelligence alliance have a hereditary head of state!

  5. I stand with Africa and the Palestinian people . USA and nato only cares about their ideology and gain . Nothing else !! Russia is wrong for war but they did not start it !! Cold War continues

  6. Ask yourself why you can’t wire US$ to Ukraine. Because it is corrupt to its core. And let’s not forget who have links there. SLT stop publishing this garbage. A dying empire is on its way out. Good riddance.

  7. What about Yemenis who are being bombarded by the Saudis and Emiratis for five years? Their weddings, funerals, marketplaces etc are all fair game. Those same countries that provide armaments to the perpetrators, are now crying foul about the Ukrainians plight. Such hypocrisy. Is one life superior than the other? I say hell with that BS.

  8. This crap is just freaking propaganda. Where has been the outcry when people and cities of colour are bombed to oblivion? Y’all are nowhere to be seen or heard. So, go f### yourselves and your white sympathies.

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