Rambachan: Minister cannot wash his hands of T&T's Dominica/OAS disgrace

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:30

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Surujrattan Rambachan says the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dennis Moses cannot wash his hands from the scandal surrounding this country's position towards Dominica at the OAS.

In a statement issued Thursday, Dr Rambachan said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its attempt to distance itself from the position taken by Trinidad and Tobago against the waiver of fees for Dominica, reflects, in no small way, the deterioration in the management of in this country's foreign affairs and diplomatic relations. 

"The Minister of Foreign Affairs must produce the documentation communicated to the TT-OAS Representative on this particular matter since representatives of Trinidad and Tobago Missions abroad in general, take positions based upon communication from Head Office," he said. 

He added: "The Minister cannot wash his hands from this matter. If he is so convinced that an Official acted on his own then he should proceed to fire that Official. The Minister himself has not been a competent and efficient Minister in matters of Foreign Affairs leaving large gaps in Policy Coordination that would effectively guide our representatives abroad. The slap meted out to our Dominican neighbours is highly regrettable and have done more to affect our relations not only with Dominica but with our CARICOM neighbours, given my understanding that CARICOM had decided on a common position which was the waiver."

The Ministry issued a statement earlier Thursday saying T&T's representation at the OAS was misrepresented.

SEE ALSO: Ministry: We were misrepresented at OAS regarding position on Dominica