SAN JUAN – The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has asked the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States to support the Caribbean Community’s pursuit of reparations from Europe for slavery and colonialism, a foreign ministry official confirmed to EFE Tuesday via phone.
House of Assembly speaker Jomo Thomas made the presentation at the CELAC parliamentary meeting late last month, a CARICOM spokesperson told EFE.
CARICOM has already agreed upon a 10-point reparations program that includes asking Europe for an official apology and debt forgiveness, among other demands.
Thirteen of the 15 CARICOM members have national commissions on reparations.
CARICOM comprises Antigua and Barbuda; the Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Haiti; Jamaica; Montserrat; St. Lucia; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; and Trinidad and Tobago.