Caribbean gathering focuses on reparations battle

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Politicians, lawyers and academics are gathering to advance a united effort by more than a dozen Caribbean nations to seek slavery reparations from three European nations.

The regional conference in St. Vincent is the first major step at advancing the reparations effort since the Caribbean Community organization announced it in July. Representatives from all the 15 member nations and territories are attending the gathering.

St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told attendees Monday that the matter of reparations is a “fundamental, defining matter of our age.”

British lawyer Martyn Day says the Caribbean nations are seeking to negotiate a settlement “based on the impact of slavery on Caribbean societies today.”

But he says if that does not succeed they will go to the International Court of Justice.

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