PORT OF SPAIN, July 9 (BERNAMA-NNN-PRENSA LATINA) -- Leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) agreed to set up a regional commission to demand compensations from former mother countries for slavery and committing genocide against the indigenous population, the media reported Monday.
During the 34th Summit of the organisation held here from July 3-6, they gave the green light to the creation of a national group in each state, the president of which will occupy a seat in the regional commission, Caribbean News Now said.
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Baldwin Spencer, stressed that slavery and colonialism had seriously deteriorated the development options in the Caribbean.
"We know that our constant search and struggle for development is directly related to the historic incapacity of our nations to accumulate wealth due to slavery and colonialism", he said.
Spencer recalled that the former colonies were the main wealth producers for the European slaving economies.
On of the main promoters of the initiative was head of Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, who has participated in this demanding movement for more than five decades.
Months ago, he promised to devote the rest of his life to get an apology and compensation from London.
Noting that life expectancy in his nation is 74 years, Gonsalves, aged 67, asserted that he has seven years more "to demand an appropriate historic compensation for the genocide, exploitation and slavery."
Most Caribbean nations were British colonies, as were Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Dominica, although others were under control of France, Spain and Holland.