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Britain's overseas territories minister writes to CARICOM concerning Turks and Caicos
Published on March 23, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

LONDON, England -- The war of words between Britain and the Turks and Caicos Islands premier, Dr Rufus Ewing, continued on Friday with the public release of a letter from Britain’s overseas territories minister, Mark Simmonds, to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman Michel Martelly, president of Haiti.

In his letter dated March 19, Simmonds said he had seen the conclusions of the twenty-fourth inter-sessional meeting of the conference of CARICOM heads of government, which took place in Port au Prince on 18 February.

“These reflect remarks made by the Hon Dr Rufus Ewing, Premier of Turks and Caicos Islands, which were misleading about the situation in that Territory and its relationship with the UK,” Simmonds said.

He pointed out that William Hague, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, had already responded to the issues raised by Ewing in an open letter.

“I should be grateful if you would circulate the Foreign Secretary's letter to your fellow
CARlCOM Heads of Government,” Simmonds said.

He also sent a copy of his letter to Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM secretary-general.
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