Trinidad’s Prime Minister concerned about CARICOM headquarters in politically unstable Guyana

 

President David Granger and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley briefing the media shortly after signing a memorandum of understanding on energy cooperation.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley is very disappointed and very concerned about the political situation in Guyana, saying that political instability in the headquarters country of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) would not be good.

Rowley shied away from giving his position on what would be CARICOM’s position if David Granger is sworn in again under a cloud of electoral irregularity.

But he suggests that with the CARICOM headquarters is in Guyana, that will be an awkward position for the regional integration movement. “You must remember that the headquarters of CARICOM is situated in Georgetown so all of this is cause for concern so we can’t accept a situation where in the headquarters country what is being threatened comes to pass.

We cannot countenance that and that is why I am hoping that we come to a speedy conclusion to this and that a decision is made which the Guyanese people can be comfortable with going forward,” Rowley told CCN TV6’s Elizabeth Williams in an interview.

More than 30 years ago, then Dominica Prime Minister Eugenia Charles had been advocating for the removal of the CARICOM headquarters during the period of the Forbes Burnham-led dictatorship of the People’s National Congress (PNC).

With the elections now in court one month after Guyanese voted on March 2, he does not believe that the political situation will end nicely.

Mr. Rowley is also unsure what further role the Caribbean Community (CARICOM can play, having already arranged and dispatched  a high-level team of scrutineers to supervise the recount.

However that team did not get down to work because an incumbent APNU+AFC candidate, Ulita Moore, had asked for a judicial review of the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) decision to conduct a national recount.

“We had to get out of there and I don’t know where that leaves CARICOM now and I don’t know where that leaves CARICOM now …Having gone in here… I don’t know where that leaves CARICOM now and that’s why I have this very unsettling feeling but with every passing day, I am hopeful that something happens … because it will not end well and nobody is going to benefit from this in Guyana,” he said.

The Guyana Court of Appeal will Sunday morning give its decision on whether the High Court can conduct a judicial review of GECOM’s recount decision.

GECOM on Friday reconfirmed its decision to conduct the recount but is yet to finalise arrangements for doing so.

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Caricom is not vocal enough on the issue of electoral fraud by the Granger led government in Guyana.  They ought to do more to convince me that they are very serious about keeping Guyana on the democratic path. Caricom had one member state that was dictatorship and that was Guyana under L.F.S. Burnham and Desmond H. Hoyte.  This must not be allowed to happen again.  Caricom must never allow and dictatorial government to be a member of Caricom. 

Gilbakka posted:
Prashad posted:

Rowley and the brown girl from Barbados has impressed me.

What relevance does that have to what Rowley said about the political situation in Guyana vis à vis location of CARICOM Headquarters?

Sir Gilbakka, Prashad wants an independent sovereign country for his people he has no time  to worry about an anti-koolie racist failed shithole Mugabe Republic.

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Caricom should move its headquarters from Guyana. There is too much political and economic instability in the country which could be a hindrance to the progress of the organization. The building is beautiful. They can convert it into a Dharam Sala or a home for battered women.

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