Montserrat seeks permisison from Brits to join CARICOM.
- Article: MONTSERRAT FINALISES POSITION FOR TALKS WITH UK GOVT. ON
CSME AND CCJ
Date: Friday, October 10th, 2003
Source: www.Caricom.org - Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
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
Protocol 7 of the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas makes provision for
Disadvantaged Countries, Regions and Sectors to cope with capacity and
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 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