by Dareece Polo (Trinidad Guardian) Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has defended the Caribbean Community (Caricom) against the critique of Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, urging the rest of the region to ignore her “insincerity”.
He commented on a Facebook post yesterday in response to Persad-Bissessar’s statement on July 8 that the bloc should have achieved more in its 50 years of existence.
Taking offence, Dr Rowley accused Persad-Bissessar of seeking to dampen the mood as he noted that Caricom demonstrated its unity and diplomatic clout by celebrating for one week, attracting the presence of T&T’s major trading partners.
While he accused her of attempting to “undermine the regional body”, the Prime Minister said Caricom nations should disregard her sentiments.
“My advice to Trinidad and Tobago and the region is to please ignore her insincerity and let’s press on to another 50 years of progress led by those who believe in the boundless faith in our destiny as a country and as a united and ever more effective Caricom,” he said.