Some Caribbean Leaders See Two State Policy

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Sept. 26, 2011: Caribbean leaders who have so far addressed the U.N. General Assembly are urging a two-state policy in the mid-east.

Their comments come as Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, introduced a resolution in the Assembly calling for the state of Palestine to be recognized as its own country.

Antigua & Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Winston Baldwin Spencer, urged the implementation of the two-State solution, which would see Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security.

Barbados’ Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, also supported this strategy.

“Israel (has) the right to exist and live in security (and) the Palestinians also (have) the right to their own sovereign state,” Stuart said.

He added that it is time for the Holy Land to become a symbol not of humanity’s divisions, but of its unity and that state of affairs would only ensue when the “disgracefully long” wait of the Palestinians for a homeland was brought to an end.

Suriname President, Desiré Delano Bouterse, reaffirmed the right of Palestinians to self-determination, including the right to an independent State.
While St. Vincent & the Grenadines Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves, said he had no doubt that Palestine’s membership application would resuscitate the moribund negotiating process between it and Israel.