(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown,
Guyana) A meeting on Contingent Rights opened at the
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in
Georgetown with the observance of a moment’s silence
for those who have died in the powerful earthquake
in CARICOM Member State, Haiti.
Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite, CARICOM Deputy
Secretary-General who led delegates in Georgetown,
and in Kingston, Jamaica via videoconferencing in
observing the moment of silence also urged them to
continue to keep the people of Haiti in their
private thoughts and prayers.
The earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.3, struck
on Tuesday about 10 miles from Port-au-Prince, the
capital of Haiti, flattening buildings and claiming
the lives of thousands of persons.
Ambassador Applewhaite also read a brief
statement from H.E. Edwin Carrington, CARICOM
Secretary-General who was in the Dominican Republic
attending a consultation on Haiti. The Hon Roosevelt
Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica and Chairman of
the Community, the Hon. Patrick Manning, Prime
Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Hon. Bruce
Golding. Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon David
Thompson, Prime Minister of Barbados, and the Hon
Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, are
at that meeting hosted by H.E. Leonel Fernandez,
President of the Dominican Republic.