Barbados and Cuba have underscored the need to promote peace in the region urging that terrorism must be condemned globally.
Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, who is paying an official visit to the island, told a wreath laying ceremony at the Cubana Monument in St. James, west of here, that it “is a proud remembrance of the victims of this abhorrent crime.
“It is also an expression of the sorrow shared by our Caribbean brothers and sisters who were also victims of the abominable attack. This monument is a permanent tribute to those who fell in these waters, and a confirmation of the rejection of the injustice perpetrated against our people,” he added.
On October 6, 1976, Cubana Airlines Flight 455, exploded off the coast of Barbados killing all 73 passengers and crew on board. Among those killed were nationals from Guyana, Cuba, and the Democratic Republic of Korea.
Each year, Barbados joins Cuba and these nations to honour the victims whose names were carved on the monument, and to “denounce this senseless act of terrorism”.
Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Jerome Walcott, told the ceremony that the Caribbean Sea must remain a zone of peace.
“Terrorism constitutes a major threat to the peace and security of the hemisphere, and must be condemned in all its forms. As we commemorate those who perished on that fateful day almost 43 years ago, we must strive towards a world where mutual respect and peace dominate.
“Let us eliminate the seeds of hate, intolerance and terrorism where they exist, and strengthen security and cooperation through our efforts and continue to make the Caribbean Sea a zone of peace,” he said, noting that Barbados was proud to have Cuba as a “treasured partner”.
Walcott recalled that last weekend that Barbados and the other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening their relationship with Havana.
“Our on-going solidarity with Cuba was demonstrated just three days ago at the Sixth Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba, held in Georgetown, Guyana.
“Barbados and all CARICOM member states recommitted to strengthening the CARICOM-Cuba relationship, which is based on a deep historical foundation rooted in solidarity, cooperation and complementarity,” he said.