(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen,
Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) Council for Foreign and Community
Relations (COFCOR) will be seeking ways to
strengthen co-co-ordination of foreign policy among
the Community’s Member States.
The Council, comprising of the
Community’s Foreign Ministers, holds its Fifteenth
Meeting on 3-4 May, 2012 in Paramaribo, Suriname.
Foreign Policy Co-ordination is one of the four
pillars of CARICOM along with Economic Integration,
Human and Social Development and Security
The Council will also be seeking
to finalise the Community’s preparations for a
number of upcoming interactions with the
international community including the CARICOM-Mexico
Summit in Barbados on 21 May, the Rio+ 20 Summit in
Brazil, next June and the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change Conference of the
Parties 18 (COP 18) scheduled for Qatar later this
year. The Ministers would also be addressing issues
and development engaging the attention of the United
Nations and the Organisation of American States. The
latter body stages its General Assembly in
Cochabamba, Bolivia on 3-5 June 2012.
The Council will also receive
high level visitors including the Special
Representative of the Prime Minister of Australia,
the Honourable Richard Marles MP, Foreign Ministers
of Brazil and Finland, Their Excellencies Antonio de
Aguiar Patriota, and Erkki Tuomioja, respectively
and His Excellency Willy Claes, Minister in the
Royal Council of Belgium.
Domestically, the Council will be
receiving updates on developments in Haiti, Anguilla
and the Turks and Caicos Islands.