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No vote at UN for Barbados

No vote at UN for Barbados Barbados’ United Nations ambassador Joseph Goddard. (FP)

By Tony Best | Wed, December 05, 2012 - 12:08 AM

It was a United Nations vote on Palestine whose result attracted attention in almost every member state, Barbados included.

The measure: a resolution in the General Assembly to grant non-member observer status to Palestine.

But when time came for countries to vote and tell the world where they stood on the intractable issue, Barbados, the Bahamas and Haiti joined with 38 other nations in abstaining.

By a vote of 138 in favour to nine against with 41 abstentions, the world body accorded Palestine non-member observer status, just like the Vatican. The decision angered Israel and has drawn a sharp objection from the Obama Administration. But Barbados, The Bahamas and Haiti declined to say “yea” or “nay”, thus becoming the only Caribbean nations to abstain.

Asked afterwards about his country’s stance, Joseph Goddard, Barbados’ UN ambassador, didn’t give a reason but said simply that CARICOM’S permanent representatives at the UN had decided before the vote that each country could take its own stance by voting for, against or abstaining. The three countries took the last option.

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 10 months ago
Any vote against Israel and not supporting the USA will attract attention and possible consequences from the "big boys."

Just because the US has pledged unequivocal support for Israel in denying the Palestinians Statehood, means the whole world must follow suit.

Just lookout for the OECD once again putting pressure on Barbados, accusing us as tax havens, and Britain resuming its rant about us updating our laws relating to homosexuality to continue benefitting from bilateral assistance.

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Posted by Bajan Fishermen 1 year, 10 months ago
Barbados's abstention from voting for Palestine being granted Non-voting Status at the UN, is shameful. What it shows is a country that is totally incapable of making its own decision. Barbados chose to stand with the status quo, and deny Palestine their rightful place on the road to state hood.
Barbados and those other Caribbean countries, who took the easy way out should be shame, not only that they too were once occupied by colonial oppressors.But with Barbados celebrating its 46 year of Nation hood during this period, should be glad to be part of of the history of helping Palestine on its way to Nation hood.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 10 months ago
Thank you for abstaining!

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Posted by Olutoye WALROND 1 year, 10 months ago
So much for friends of all and satellites of none.

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Posted by J. Payne 1 year, 10 months ago
Some muslim extremists purposely target countries that do things they don't like. I'm glad Barbados keeping out of this mess.

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Posted by Kenneth King 1 year, 10 months ago
Well to those who thought that we should have supported the the cause of the Palestinians and how we have for 46 years our independence, we bomb no one or killed no one. Even if it was taking longer to strike a deal with shooting bombs into someones country constantly are not solving anything.I believe if more restraint of terrorist acts and more dialog between the two parties would have given a better understanding but this way they could never be peace. How many years were we in captivity before being freed, even when the legislation were past it still took a few more years before our forefathers were freed; give peace a chance and prayer that both parties sit and discussed all matters and come up with something positive for their people.

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