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    Article: MONTSERRAT FINALISES POSITION FOR TALKS WITH UK GOVT. ON CSME AND CCJ Date: Friday, October 10th, 2003 Source: www.Caricom.org - Caribbean Community
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      Date: Friday, October 10th, 2003
      Source: www.Caricom.org - Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

      Link: http://www.caricom.org/newsflash/montserrat-uk-csmeccj.htm

      Montserrat government officials will this weekend finalise their
      position ahead of the October 14-15 meeting involving representatives
      from the British government and the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat.

      Throughout the week, the Office of the Chief Minister hosted a series
      of public meetings to get feedback on two important matters -
      Montserrat getting the necessary entrustment from the UK government
      to sign the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and by extension the
      CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the Caribbean Court of
      Justice in its original jurisdiction.

      Among the groups participating in the discussions were
      representatives from the Montserrat Bar Association, Chamber of
      Commerce and Industry, Christian Council and senior government

      Talks were also held with with members of the local media.

      On Thursday night, a 'town hall' meeting was held at the Police
      conference room and attracted a cross-section of the Montserrat

      During the meeting, Chief Minister John Osborne reiterated the
      government's position that Montserrat wants to remain a full member of
      the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

      He has received support on this from all the members of the
      Legislative Council. The general view is that the people of
      Montserrat want to participate in CARICOM in a comprehensive and
      integrated way without prejudice to its constitutional, economic and
      administrative ties to the United Kingdom and Europe.

      Among the geo-political and social considerations are Montserrat's
      location in the Caribbean Sea and traditional political association
      with its neighbours, family ties across the region and shared social
      and cultural structures.

      Montserrat participated in the original Treaty of Chaguaramas signed
      July 4, 1973.

      Due to Montserrat's special situation because of the volcanic
      eruptions, the island can seek relevant derogations, deferral of
      establishment of national institutions and extensions to
      implementation deadlines.

      Protocol 7 of the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas makes provision for
      Disadvantaged Countries, Regions and Sectors to cope with capacity and
      resource restraints.

      Chief Minister Osborne has formally invited all the Members of
      Parliament to join the Montserrat delegation during the talks with the
      British government on the island next week.(This Week)

      The St Lucia-based Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) [
      www.oecs.org ] Secretariat has offered technical support. The
      Secretariat's Legal Affairs Chief and an economist will work with the
      Montserrat team.

      Montserrat is also a full member of the OECS sub-regional grouping.
      Chief Minister Osborne is the current Chairman of the OECS Authority.

      Montserrat Government Information Unit
      Brades, Montserrat
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