Foreign Ministry rejects proposed Cariforum ban
Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic Foreign Relations Ministry rejected a bit by the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to suspend the Dominican Republic from Cariforum if ruling 168-13 by the Constitutional Court is applied. In a press release issued Wednesday, the Ministry, rejecting the petition from Ralph Gonsalves on the grounds that it lacks all legal foundation, stressed that the Dominican Republic is a sovereign state that has close and cordial relations with the other members of the Forum of Caribbean States (Cariforum) with which the country has significant political, economic, social and cultural links.
The Ministry recalled that Cariforum is a coordination forum for the regional aid provided by the European Union via the European Development Fund and that all decisions are taken by consensus among its members.
In this context, the Dominican Republic plays an active part in the implementation of a series of regional programs in a range of areas like trade development, natural disaster prevention, quality standards and regulations, etc.
The ministry statement added that the country has trade commitments through the 2008 Cariforum-European Union Economic Association Agreement, jointly negotiated with the regional block, but whose commitments were taken on by each member country on an individual basis.
It said that the Dominican Republic joined Cariforum in 1992 and that “since then we have maintained close contact with all regarding political dialogue and cooperation, through the European Development Fund”.
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