OAS lifts 47 year-old  suspension on Cuba
June 5, 2009
OAS lifts 47 year-old suspension on Cuba

A “historic wrong” was “righted” on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, when Foreign Ministers of the Organization of American States (OAS) voted to lift Cuba’s suspension as a member of that organization.{{more}}

An elated Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on Wednesday evening told SEARCHLIGHT that he is most pleased that the OAS has corrected a wrong done against Cuba in 1962 during the Cold War, “for absolutely no reason”.

Dr. Gonsalves said the revocation of the 1962 suspension does not mean Cuba will immediately return to the 35-member body that helps coordinate policies and mediates disputes throughout the Americas.

He said the agreement to reinstate Cuba calls for “a process of dialogue”.

“This is a significant for those who treasure sovereignty and independence,” said Dr. Gonsalves, adding that he is very happy that St.Vincent and the Grenadines played a role in CARICOM and the OAS to have Cuba reinstated.

Dr. Gonsalves noted that the Americans must also be credited for removing its objection against having Cuba reinstated as a member of the OAS.

It may still take some time before Cuba officially rejoins the OAS, as Cuban officials have repeatedly insisted they have no interest in returning to an organization they view as a tool of the United States.(HN)