Leaders Undecided On Commonwealth Nominee

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After several hours in caucus, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have still not decided on a candidate for the soon-to-be vacant post of Commonwealth Secretary-General.

CARICOM Chairman and Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, stated that a decision had not been made regarding the choice of a candidate to be put forward for the position of Commonwealth Secretary-General, as there were currently three candidates nominated by various countries in the region.

Speaking during a press conference on the final day of the 36th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM,??Mr. Stuart admitted that other issues, namely the Venezuela/Guyana land dispute, dominated discussions, and ???we were not able at this conference to make that decision; in fact we did not even get to the issue???.

While reassuring the media that the issue was not a ???dead one??? due to the inability to come to a conclusion, the Prime Minister stressed that it was a decision ???that cannot be made lightly???.??The Conference Chairman added that although ???in an ideal world we should not have been in this situation??????, as it was the reality, strategies must be put in place to solve the current predicament.

Currently nominated and vying for the position of Commonwealth Secretary-General are Sir Ronald Sanders, Baroness Patricia Scotland, and Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie.??

jamal.weekes@barbados.gov.bb

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