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Thursday, September 25, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
in New York
As T&T celebrated Republic Day yes-
terday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar pledged that this country will
play its part in the global fight against
Her statement came hours after United
States President Barack Obama delivered
the feature address at the United Nation s
69th General Assembly meeting in Man-
hattan, New York in which he urged world
leaders to unite to eradicate terrorism.
The prime minister spoke to members
of the media after hoisting the T&T flag
at the Charging Bull, sometimes referred
to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling
Green Bull, an iconic symbol of New York s
Wall Street and the financial district. Pres-
ent were Foreign Affairs Minister Winston
Dookeran and T&T s Consul General in
New York, Rudrawatee Nan Ramgoolam
The US flag remained at half mast in
honour of a police officer who died in a
vehicular accident last Sunday.
"We are part of the family of nations
of the United Nations and we will play
our part in the role in the fight against
local terrorists, regional terrorists and
international terrorists," Persad-Bissessar
The UN Security Council, at a meeting
chaired by Obama, unanimously passed a
legally binding resolution yesterday that
required member states to counter the
recruiting and movement of terrorists
through their territory. T&T is not a mem-
ber of the UN s security council therefore
could not vote but as a UN member can
contribute to discussions.
Persad-Bissessar said what the resolution
envisaged was an interdependence and a
collaborative effort in the fight against
terrorism and matters dealing with boarder
"T&T recently passed laws at our board-
ers which would help us to identify those
who may be coming out of terrorist move-
ments," she said.
"It (the resolution) deals with the issue
of financing terrorism and again we have
laws which were already passed. We have
strengthened the Financial Intelligence
Unit (FIU)...so we are well on the way to
meeting many of the obligations which
would arise under this particular resolu-
"Whether we co-sponsor, whether we
vote or not and we do not vote in fact,
the resolution will be accepted," she saud.
Persad-Bissessar said no country was
immune from the global threat of terror-
ism. She reiterated Obama s call for unity
to combat terrorist activities.
"We will play a role as we always have
in this global threat which we now face.
In the history of the world this is a red
letter time, a very historic time in the fight
against evil, in the fight against terror and
Trinidad and Tobago must not be left out.
There may be some who would prefer to
be left out," Persad-Bissessar said.
She said this country had a taste of
"extremists" during the July 1990 attempt-
"This is not a time to sit on the sidelines
and let others take the front. This is a time
to be courageous because it is a fight
against evil as we fight terrorists, the drug
cartels and all those involved in terror-
"We will have to do legislative initiatives
and we will also have to do administrative
initiatives with respect to immigration,
border controls and law enforcement,"
She said she already had discussions on
the matter with Dookeran, National Secu-
rity Minister Gary Griffith, leader of gov-
ernment business in the House Dr Roodal
Moonilal and with several other minis-
"We believe this is the right thing to do
as we join with other nations on this very
serious global threat," Persad-Bissessar
She said T&T has agreed to sponsor the
UN Security Council resolution on foreign
terrorist fighters: "My government recog-
nises the grave threat posed by foreign
terrorist fighters to peace, law and order
and is therefore pleased to collaborate with
the USA and other member states to com-
bat the scourge of terrorism."
She said technology and the use of inter-
net for the purpose of mobilising and
recruiting support in different forms high-
lights the urgent need for international
co-operation to prevent terrorists from
exploiting technological advancements for
radical extremism that is rooted in violent,
deadly and subversive acts of terrorism.
Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal
yesterday denied claims that he paid sup-
porters from his constituency to disrupt a
meeting organised by the Highway Reroute
The HRM came under fire from a group of
Debe residents who called themselves the
Highway Support Group when they tried to
unveil a alternate route foro the Mon Desir to
Debe segment of the $7.4 billion Solomon
Hochoy highway extension.
In an interview at Funsplash water park on
last night, Moonilal said he was not involved
in organising protest action.
"I am not involved in any way with any
groups of people who are involved in protests.
As a MP I have taken enormous courage to
stay out of any protests activity. Constituents
do their protests and give their views," Moonilal
He said activist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh was
entitled to his views andthe people who are
in support of the highway are also entitled to
"It is the height of hypocrisy for those who
are against the highway to accuse people who
are for the highway of having ulterior motives.
They have their views like everybody else and
if they want the highway, they have the right
to express that opinion," he said.
Asked about his views on the HRM s proposal
to use connector roads as a link to the new
highway, Moonilal said: "We have already
embarked on a programme to widen existing
roads and create new arteries. In our con-
stituency, we have opened up 14 new roads
and widened six existing roads."
He government was keen to finish the Point
"This will open up enormous economic
opportunities for people," he said. "I will not
stop prosperity and developing new economic
zones or business activity, nor will I prevent
people form developing and prospering. Those
people from, HRM are standing in the way of
Meanwhile, attorney general Anand Ram-
logan said the HRM had been transformed into
a political vehicle.
"These distractions and diversions sound
good in a vaccum, but contracts have been
awarded after immense public consultation.
The CEC was awarded so you cannot come
up in the middle of multi-billion dollar project
and say you have an idea on a vaps," Ramlogan
"This is a clever way of negotiating some
political space for people like David Abdulah,
the PNM and all those who have jumped onto
the HRM and converted it into a political band-
wagon." See Page A11
Moonilal: I didn't
PM pledges support for
fight against terrorism
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar addressing the United Nations Security Council
meeting In New York yesterday afternoon. Behind the prime minister is Ambassador Eden
Charles of the T&T Permanent Mission to the UN.
PHOTO COURTESY OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER.
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