CARICOM says it disagrees with statements that the 15-member regional grouping “has been slow” to deal with the unfolding situation in the Dominican Republic, where people of Haitian descent are being deported from the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country.

“I disagree, I fundamentally disagree,” CARICOM Secretary General Irwin La Rocque told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) ahead of the July 2nd-4th summit of regional leaders in Barbados.

La Rocque said the issue will be among agenda items to be discussed by the CARICOM leaders and told CMC regarding the Dominican Republic matter “not everything you do is in the public limelight.”

Asked whether he expected regional leaders to adopt an even stronger position towards the Dominican Republic that is seeking membership of the regional grouping, La Rocque told CMC “a lot would depend on the stance the Dominican Republic takes in the coming weeks”.

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