(STLUCIATIMES)Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have expressed concern about the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war and have urged an end to the conflict.
“The Heads of Government of CARICOM remain deeply concerned at the severe impact of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation on energy, nuclear security and safety, the environment and global food security,” the regional Heads of Government declared in a statement Tuesday.
“We register, in particular, our grave concern at the negative impact of the war on the global economy, and on the economies in our Region, where disruptions in trade and high fuel prices have resulted in extremely high rates of inflation reflected in increased prices for goods and services for the people of our Region,” the leaders said.
They said the Region urges a return to mature diplomacy and calls on all relevant bodies to intensify engagement, propel an urgent and enduring resolution to the conflict, and build peace.
“We call for full adherence to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter,” the CARICOM statement declared.
On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded and occupied parts of Ukraine.
The invasion marked a significant escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War, which had begun in 2014.
It resulted in tens of thousands of deaths on both sides and triggered Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War Two.
The war also delivered a massive shock to the global economy, especially to energy and food markets, squeezing supply and raising prices to unprecedented levels