By Ken Richards
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Vincent and the Grenadines leader Ralph Gonsalves has rejected an appeal by the opposition leader in Kingstown for some kind of regional intervention in the political stalemate in Basseterre involving a long-pending motion of no confidence but has nevertheless pledged to continue speaking informally with St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas.
St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves
In his written response to the request by opposition leader Arnhim Eustace, Gonsalves concluded that there was “no proper basis for formal intervention” by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) or the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The Vincentian prime minister outlined options that are before the Douglas administration in the present circumstances, including resigning and calling fresh elections, or letting the no confidence motion be heard in a timely manner.
Filed last December, the no confidence motion has been pending for eight months now.
Gonsalves has also been speaking to regional media about the situation in St Kitts and Nevis.
“Can a regional or international organization intervene in the internal affairs of a country where there is no public disorder or a breakdown of law and order, where there is just a conflict, a political conflict which is still being played out,” he asked.
Gonsalves acknowledged, however, that the current situation in Basseterre is far from ideal.
“Still from a representative government standpoint it makes one uneasy that you can have a majority of the representatives in parliament supporting the opposition and not the government,” Gonsalves said.
He described the situation as a political question “which ought to have been resolved politically”.
The Vincentian prime minister also appeared to support the position of Douglas that former senior government ministers Dr Timothy Harris and Sam Condor should resign and return to the polls for a fresh mandate.
However, this is not a constitutional requirement in St Kitts and Nevis.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network