By Ken Richards
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The recent Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) communiqué reprimanding the Dominican Republic over the citizenship controversy has prompted criticism from the opposition leader in St Kitts and Nevis.
Opposition Leader Mark Brantley
Mark Brantley says the OECS heads of government are being selective in what they criticize.
He was referring to a statement by OECS chairman, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda, urging Santo Domingo to reverse the constitutional court ruling that makes tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless.
“We call on the Caribbean Community CARICOM to suspend immediately any consideration of the application by the Dominican Republic for membership of CARICOM,” Spencer said following an OECS heads meeting in Montserrat.
The statement preceded CARICOM’s own stated position on the matter one week ago.
Brantley wants the OECS to be just as critical of the now almost year-long delay in the hearing of a motion of no confidence in the St Kitts and Nevis government of Prime Minister Denzil Douglas.
“And I marveled that the OECS can be so quick to reprimand the Dominican Republic when they have a rogue member in their midst, they have said nothing about that member,” Brantley told WINN FM.
According to the opposition leader, the OECS goes “outside the OECS to reprimand the Dominican Republic and tell them what they should do, but within our midst we have a motion of no confidence for nearly a year and we can’t get the OECS to state an opinion on that”.
Brantley and his opposition colleagues are not buying the position of the Speaker of the House and the government that the motion of no confidence matter is before the courts and therefore cannot be debated in the parliament until the court rules on the matter.
“We have two motions that are pending and he’s not prepared to consider any. At the end of the day I think history will judge the speaker, history will judge the prime minister. And my own great sadness in all of this is that St Kitts and Nevis has become the laughing stock of the region,” Brantley said.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network