Ok first things first. I'm from the nation of Trinidad & Tobago, one of the 15 members of the Caribbean Community (Caricom). Haiti is also a member.
So I thought I'd update you all on the status Aristide who is currently in Jamaica which currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Caricom
From the Trinidad Express newspaper
from the article
Deputy US State Department spokesman, Adam Areli, told the Express: "I think Caricom and the members of Caricom have been fairly outspoken on the matter but they have said they are willing to work with the government of Prime Minister Latortue so we have every expectation that Caricom will recognise the Haitian government. We expect that will happen."
The Jamaican government has already said it does not recognise the Haitian government and will not do so until a collective decision is made by Caricom which is expected to meet next week on the matter.
Meanwhile the Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez has announced that it also does not recognise the interim administration and has further offered Aristide asylum in Venezuela.
Chavez has also announced that as far as his government is concerned Aristide is still the President of Haiti.
Meanwhile Leonard Robertson, spokesperson for Caricom Secretary General Edwin Carrington, said there was no guarantee that the regional body will recognise the Haitian interim government.
He said: "The United States can hope for many things but there are 15 independent countries which make up Caricom and they will make a decision on that matter when they meet
CARICOM MEMBER STATES are
1. Antigua and Barbuda
2. The Bahamas
9. Jamaica (currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Caricom)
- Saint Lucia
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
CARICOM ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Turks and Caicos Islands