The Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, urges the international community to work towards a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
The New York Times reports that the conflict has resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of displaced Ukrainians, and billions of dollars in damages since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, 2022.
Skerrit notes that this conflict has posed a serious challenge, causing an increase in fuel and food prices due to imported inflation.
“Three years of battling Covid-19, spending money to save lives and livelihoods, and when you thought that Covid was over and you were bouncing back, here comes this conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and people thought it was going to last one month, two months, three months. Now it’s almost two years,” he said
The CARICOM Community has also strongly condemned Russia’s military attacks and invasion of Ukraine, calling for the immediate withdrawal of military presence and diplomatic dialogue to de-escalate hostilities and work towards sustainable peace.
“This is why you have seen an increase in the pricing of fuel and food,” he explained. “Because this is what they call imported inflation. The prices come up high from overseas and land there high in Dominica…so they are not high because of any taxes here as people say, they are high because they are imported inflation…”
“The hostilities against Ukraine go counter to the principles of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of another sovereign state and the prohibition on the threat or use of force, and the peaceful resolution of disputes, which are the bedrock of this Community,” the statement said.