In a solemn ceremony presided over by several ministers and high officials of the government of Barbados, civil society organizations and the accredited diplomatic corps, tribute was paid to the victims of the terrorist attack against the CU-455 flight of CUBANA on October 6, 1976 on the west coasts of this Caribbean island. The Minister of Foreign Trade in the Chancellery, Cheryl Sandra Husbands, the Minister of the Environment, Trevor Prescod, and the Deputy Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs, Simone Rudder, accompanied Cuban Ambassador Francisco Fernández to lay a wreath in remembrance of the victims. The General Consul of Guyana, Cita Pilgrim, the Secretary General of the Barbados-Cuba Friendship Association, David Denny, and Yaima Payne, president of the Association of Cuban Residents "Mártires de Barbados", also took the floor to condemn terrorism and express their condolences to the relatives of the 73 civilians killed in that despicable sabotage.
In a passionate and improvised speech Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, made a strong call to the international community to take concrete and decisive actions against the challenges that small developing islands states are facing. In a section of her speech she rejected the implementation of US blockade against Cuba: "We are scare-self how do our citizens feel that we must come here year after year and make the call as we do. In Barbados we speak year after year about the embargo against the people of Cuba, year after year, but we see no measures against it (…) This UN matters. It protects the small, it constraints the large. And it gives us the ability to plan out in that corridor of stability. When multilateralism is taking away from us, what are we left with and who is left to protect us, who will hear us? …what is clearly required now is a behavioral change to be able to constraint the madness that is taking place for the global governance with respect to the unilateral actions of many”.
The President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Barbados (BSCJ), Sir Marston Gibson, arrived in Cuba to make an official visit from September 25 to 28 invited by the President of the Supreme People's Court (SPC), Rubén Remigio Ferro, to comply a fruitful program of activities aimed at establishing cooperation between the highest judicial institutions of both Caribbean nations. In reviewing the final details of the visit with the Cuban ambassador in his country, Francisco Fernández, the support of the Barbadian chancellery was confirmed for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with a view to putting into effect a bilateral exchange mechanism among the professionals of the SPC and the SCJ.
The Minister of Culture and Sports, John King, presided along with the deputy minister Deborah Payne, a very special act of remembrance and tribute to the victims of the sabotage against the Cubana airplane that took place in October 1976 on the coasts off Barbados, accompanied by civil aviation authorities at the time and the board of the Museum and Historical Society of Barbados. The Minister highlighted the cruelty of that terrorism act and its anti-human dimension, which served to unite our governments and peoples, because the generous solidarity of the Cuban people with the Caribbean was rewarded at that time with the strong reaction of the region in defense of our dignity.
Cuban Ambassador Francisco Fernández held a fraternal exchange with the Honorable Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados, prior to the first bilateral meeting to be held shortly by the president of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, and the Honorable Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, during her attendance at the sessions of the UN General Assembly. The meeting served to confirm details of the scheduled meeting of both leaders in New York the following week, in which the priorities of the bilateral agenda will be updated, as well as other aspects related to regional integration and multilateral affairs, including historical support from Barbados to the Cuban struggle for the unconditional lifting of the blockade imposed by the USA.