United Nations, Oct 22 – Cuba endorsed today the Caribbean Community Caricom’s claims for reparations for colonial slavery imposed by ancient metropolis at the UN General Assembly.
Speaking at assembly, the Cuban permanent representative to the UN, Rodolfo Reyes, described the Caribbean countries’ demand as fair, as it includes the recognition of the awful, lingering legacy of the Atlantic slave trade by France, Holland and the United Kingdom, whcih benefited from this scourge.
Reyes recalled that developed countries and their consumer societies are responsible for the accelerated environmental destruction, and have been the main beneficiaries of the conquest and colonization, slavery and the extermination of hundreds of millions of peoples in the South.
“They have also got rich by unjust economic order imposed on humanity (…) That rich and wasteful world has technical and financial resources to repay his debt to humanity,” he said before the Assembly, which adresses today the bicentenary anniversary of the abolition of slave trade.
Reyes also noted that Cuba claimed special and differential treatment required by developing countries, especially Africa, in their international economic relations.
In this regard, he announced Cuban support and cosponsorship to the draft resolution that is annually presented by Caricom members and the African Group on the topic, as well as other UN initiatives linked to it.
“That is the least the internatinal community can do to repare the crime against humanity that slave and slavery were”, said Reyes, who added that ” the Cuban people is very proud of its African roots.”
Less than a month ago, during the 68th session of the Assembly, several Caribbean countries reiterated their claim for compensation at the United Nations.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda, among others, recalled the atrocities of the slave trade and the extermination of natives, and their impact on the development of the region.
Source: Prensa Latina