September 21, 2020

Kamla blanks latest request for meeting from Trinidad environmentalist [who is on hunger strike]


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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday September 24, 2014, CMC – Kamla Persad Bissessar has blanked the latest request for a meeting by environmentalist Dr. , saying “there will be no productive outcome”.

Kublalsingh, who is on an indefinite hunger strike outside the building housing the Office of the Prime Minister, had earlier this week sent a letter to the government indicating that he was prepared to travel to where the Prime Minister is attending the annual meetings of the United Nations General Assembly for the talks.

Kublalsingh, the leader of the Highway Re-Route Movement () wants the government to stop the construction of the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the multi-billion dollar (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) Point Fortin Highway.

He said his new proposal follows talks with residents of the affected villages and that he believes the “optimum best solution for the Debe to Mon Desir highway can be quickly achieved and I would like to present this proposal to them if they agree to meet and have sincere dialogue…”

But Prime Minister Persad Bissessar,w ho has already indicated that she has no desire of meeting with the environmentalist because the issue is before the courts, told reporters that the meeting being requested would be unproductive.

“There will be no productive outcome of such a meeting with respect to Dr Kublal­singh and I think we have stated our position clearly. There is no need for any such meeting,” Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar told local media representative covering her visit to the United States.

Further she told the reporters that her sche­dule in the United States would not allow for the talks.

“There’re so many important issues here at the moment,” she said, adding “such a meeting will be non-productive. I have already stated our position with respect to the matter. I see once again the Court of Appeal has made a further decision with respect to the injunction.

On Monday (22 Sep), the Appeal Court ruled against an interim order to stop work on the project as had been sought by the HRH.

But Kublalsingh told reporters he was confident of justice when the matter goes before the London-based Privy Council, the island’s highest court.

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