Nevis Premier Vance Amory (foreground) meets with Nevisians in Washington DC. (Photo courtesy E. Elliott)
By Toni Frederick
WASHINGTON, USA (WINN) -- Independence for Nevis remains on the table for the ruling Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), this according to the chair of a meeting held between Premier Vance Amory and Nevisians living in the Washington DC area.
Everton “Obi” Elliott, who chaired the meeting on Wednesday, told WINN FM that the premier was asked pointedly about his CCM party’s position on Nevis going it alone as separate country.
“Questions were raised about CCM’s stance on Nevis independence, and how would that work with the Unity concept, whether CCM would still support independence for Nevis,” Elliott recounted.
He said the premier indicated that Nevis independence was “not off the table.”
“It’s still part of the CCM policy and… thus, it is always there, and he stated that he feels that for Nevis independence to happen it would have to be a ground swell from the people of Nevis to want Nevis independence.”
According to Elliott, Amory was also questioned vigorously about the CCM’s participation in the three-party political partnership in St Kitts and Nevis, dubbed the Unity Construct.
“A lot of Nevisians wanted to know how this is going to work for Nevis. A lot of questions were raised about the fact that we have Timothy Harris and former labour minister, the long-running deputy prime minister, what kind of change can he bring seeing that he was also a part of the change that we’re trying to make from Labour? A lot of people think that we’re not really making a change we’re just retreading the same old thing,” Elliott said.
“Premier Amory’s response to all these questions [was] that we are going down a different path, and in this path we are looking for improved relations and plus improvement in equity for Nevis, and he believes under the Unity Construct Nevis would be better off than the situation we are in right now,” he told WINN FM.
Crime, in particular unsolved crime, and education were also concerns for those who met with the premier, Elliott reported.
The gathering drew about 40 persons, about twice as many as Elliott said he expected given the short amount of lead he had in which to organize it.
Amory is part of the St Kitts and Nevis delegation attending the IMF Fall Meetings in Washington DC.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network