Monday 28 May, 2018

Watch: PM to complain to UN over criticism of repatriation exercise

(Photo: A Venezuelan military plane was sent to airlift Venezuelans back to their home country on Saturday, April 21, 2018.)

(Photo: A Venezuelan military plane was sent to airlift Venezuelans back to their home country on Saturday, April 21, 2018.)

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley intends to formally complain to the United Nations over comments made by their representatives as it relates to Trinidad and Tobago's decision to repatriate 82 Venezuelan nationals over the weekend.

Rowley was speaking at the Post-Cabinet media briefing at the Diplomatic Centre in St Anns on Thursday, following his return from London where he attended the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) Heads of Government Roundtable.

The Prime Minister maintained that Trinidad and Tobago is a generous and caring country as he emphasised that “the assistance we provide is the assistance we can afford”.

He said there is a legal process that must be followed by all potential migrants adding that T&T has done all that it can to assist Venezuelans who are interested in coming to acquire supplies and return to their country.

Noting that T&T is a small island when compared to developed countries like China and Russia, Dr Rowley said this country will not be transformed into a “refugee camp” by the United Nations.

T&T has been accused by the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR)of possibly breaching the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees which it signed in 2000, following the repatriation exercise.

The Government said, however, that the Venezuelan nationals who were sent home, returned voluntarily.

 

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