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Dominican Republic moves to avert PetroCaribe suspension threat

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — The Dominican Republic has taken prompt action to avoid a threat of suspension from Venezuela’s PetroCaribe energy programme.

The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves has written to the Venezuelan president asking him to suspend Santo Domingo from the programme.

Gonsalves also advocated that the Dominican Republic be suspended from CARIFORUM, over the September 23 ruling by the country’s constitutional court that strips tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their citizenship.

Santo Domingo-based journalist Jean Michel Caroit says the threat of suspension from PetroCaribe being promoted by Gonsalves is being taken very seriously by the Dominican government.

Caroit told WINN FM’s The Bigger Picture that, last Wednesday, after the Gonsalves letter to Dominican President Danilo Medina was made public, the authorities in Santo Domingo announced that they were sending a high level delegation to Caracas.

“That was a very quickly decided journey … and the purpose of the trip was to explain the position of the Dominican government in relation to the court decision,” Caroit said.

The constitutional court ruling has also been strongly denounced by former prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Lester Bird.

“It is so absolutely racist that it’s almost pathetic,” Bird told WINN FM, adding that Antiguan Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer should make a statement on the Dominican Republic situation.

Lester Bird is promising that an election victory for the Antigua Labour Party would see a new Labour administration taking a very firm stand against the Dominican Republic.

Elections are expected in Antigua and Barbuda in the New Year.

The former prime minister says Dominicans in Antigua who qualify for citizenship are given that status, and St John’s should warn Santo Domingo against abusing its own citizens by down-grading their status.

Source: Caribbean News Now

Category: DR News |

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