The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) added its voice this afternoon to the international condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which is being seen as the biggest attack on a European country since World War II.
In its statement, CARICOM condemned the military attacks and invasion of Ukraine by Russia and called 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.
CARICOM said the recognition by the Russian Federation of two regions in Ukraine also represents a violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
According to CARICOM, 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 said it 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.
The regional body of 15 Caribbean countries called on all parties involved to urgently embark on intensified diplomatic dialogue to immediately de-escalate hostilities and work towards sustainable peace.
Last week, CARICOM had raised its concerns about the threats that were being made against Ukraine by the Russian government.
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