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Jun 7 Fort Lauderdale USA:  OAS Ambassador Ms. Debra Mae Lovell and other Caricom representatives,met with US Secretary of State Dr. Condeleezza Rice.

Antigua's representative Dr. Mansoor, who is attending the OAS General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale Florida, said that the bilateral meeting with Secretary of State Condeleezza. Rice raised the need for regular structured meetings between CARICOM and the USA.

“A Conference on the Caribbean was advanced by CARICOM as it would help US decision makers better understand the complexities and concerns of CARICOM states. There were some discussions of the possibility of this occurring around the time of the convening of the UN General Assembly,” Dr. Mansoor noted.

He said that CARICOM welcomed the Third Border Initiative and advanced the notion of greater collaboration with the US in activities that are vital to the economies of the Caribbean, particularly tourism and security.

Other areas that were discussed included the evolution of the situation in Haiti and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative which will require all American citizens returning to the USA to enter on a valid US travel document.

Recent studies have confirmed that a large percentage of visitors from the USA to Caribbean holiday destinations do so regularly and may not have a US passport.

Dr. Mansoor sated that CARICOM is advancing that this new policy be delayed until a common policy is worked out with all of the USA's neighbours.



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