Opposition Wants PM to Clear The Air on USAID Expulsion Agreement

Another call has been sounded by the leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Honourable Edison James, for Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to clear the air, on whether or not Dominica signed the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) Agreement to expel the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

In a press conference held on Wednesday June 27th, at the United Workers Party Headquarters in Roseau, Mr. James said if Dominica did sign on this agreement it will utter serious repercussions to Dominica and its citizens.

Mr. James says that this issue is and should be of deep concern to the citizens of Dominica, and they should be asking for answers as the government is the people’s servants and should not be the other way around.

The UWP leader say the Prime Minister should not be hiding from his people, and this was the case at the Juvenile Justice Program significantly funded by USAID, held on Tuesday June 26th at the Fort Young Hotel, where there were representatives from USAID and Mr. Skerrit who was the feature speaker, did not show up.

Mr. James says Mr. Skerrit not showing up was a clear attempt to avoid an encounter with the USAID as Mr. Ambrose George was announced as representing Mr. Skerrit, which means Mr. Skerrit is on Island, otherwise there would have been an acting Prime Minister.

Mr. James also made reference to a news article on caribbean360.com dated June 27th 2012, stating Dominica along with Venezuela and Cuba have signed a document to expel USAID, which shows that the surrogates who are trying to downplay this issue are trying to misguide Dominicans, which is unacceptable.

In response to Dominica’s Ambassador to Venezuela Dr. Philbert Aaron’s attempt on a radio station on Wednesday June 27th, to ridicule Mr. James on the issue of USAID and ALBA, Mr. James says that he does and will not response to and surrogates of the Dominica Labour Party.

Efforts to contact Dr. Aaron for a statement proved futile, but SAT News will provide an update as more information becomes available.


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