CARICOM issues statement on Ukraine
CARICOM condemned the military invasion of Ukraine by Russia and called for the “immediate and complete withdrawal” of troops.
The regional organisation said Russia’s recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk “represents a violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine” and urged both parties to engage in diplomatic dialogue on the situation.
The full statement follows:
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly condemns the military attacks and invasion of Ukraine by The Russian Federation and calls for the immediate and complete withdrawal of the military presence and cessation of any further actions that may intensify the current perilous situation in that country.
The recognition by The Russian Federation of the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk represents a violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
The hostilities against Ukraine go counter to the principles of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of another sovereign state and the prohibition on the threat or use of force, and the peaceful resolution of disputes, which are the bedrock of this Community.
CARICOM maintains that the principles of universal respect and adherence to these norms and principles of international law are fundamental to the maintenance of the international system and global peace and security.
CARICOM calls on all parties involved to urgently embark on intensified diplomatic dialogue to immediately de-escalate hostilities and work towards a sustainable peace. (PR/SAT)