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Caricom asks to meet with Obama, address concerns

The Caribbean Community is requesting that President Barack Obama meet with its members during next month's summit in Trinidad to talk about how the global economic crisis is affecting the region.

Assistant Secretary General Colin Granderson says Guyana-based Caricom made the request last year but has not heard back.

The Caribbean has seen a drop in visitors, and nations in the region are struggling to boost their tourism-dependent economies.

Granderson said Thursday that the 15-nation group also wants to talk about an increase in drug and weapons smuggling in the region and the U.S. during the Summit of the Americas.

It also wants to discuss the United States' deportation of convicts to the islands, which are struggling with crime.