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People s National Movement (PNM)
leader Dr Keith Rowley is again warning
that the People s Partnership Government
has put the lives of citizens, including
those abroad, at a greater risk by co-spon-
soring a United Nations resolution aimed
at tackling global terrorism.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
made the decision to co-sponsor the res-
olution at a meeting of the UN Security
Council, chaired by United States President
Barack Obama at UN headquarters, New
York, two weeks ago.
But at the Diego Martin West Constituen-
cy s annual conference at the Point Cumana
Community Complex in Point Cumana
yesterday, Rowley accused the PM of want-
ing to take on the terrorist group Islamic
State of Iraq and Syria (Isis).
Describing Persad-Bissessar s actions as
wild and reckless, Rowley added, "That
action by the prime minister has put every
citizen at greater risk both and home and
"And when you asked the prime minister
whether she consulted Caricom, she said
she talked to Ramlogan and Griffith. And
if we did not know before, we now know
we are in trouble because our foreign policy
is now the random thoughts of Ramlogan
He said T&T was incapable of fighting
crime on Duncan Street, Port-of-Spain,
far less tackling the now globally feared
Isis, which has targeted non-military citizens
of countries seen as allies to the US with
As such, Rowley reiterated his statement
that co-sponsoring the resolution could
have serious repercussions for citizens.
Describing the move by Persad-Bissessar
as "no laughing matter," Rowley said there
was no need for the PM to expose T&T to
possibly attacks by Isis jihadists in such a
fashion, since once the resolution was
passed by the majority, every member coun-
member county was absent when the res-
olution was passed.
"Trinidad and Tobago and the United
States are very close friends," he said
"They are our major trading partner but
their business and their interest may not
necessarily on every occasion be our busi-
ness and our interests."
He said the resolution was largely aimed
at the current war in Syria and Iraq, where
Muslim extremists of the "worst kind" were
trying to claim territories and terrorists
were trying to build a case for themselves.
"And anybody who get in their way they
would deal with you. I am not saying we
are outside that, because the world is now
a global village, but when there is war and
you take up the flag to carry in front of the
army you are a target of the opposition,"
He also clarified statements by Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan that he was not
in support of the resolution.
Saying he was in fully support of it, Row-
ley called on Persad-Bissessar to say what
she was thinking when she made the deci-
"I never said we should not vote for the
resolution. I think we should vote for the
resolution. What is the thinking to go and
be a co-sponsor of the resolution if you
are attracting unwanted attention to your-
"Because in any case it is a declaration
of war on the terrorists. It is a declaration
of war against their actions which are rep-
rehensible. But we have also to be sensible
in the environment...you do what you have
to do." (See page A18)
He said Persad-Bissessar only made the
decision to co-sponsor the resolution so
as to "prostrate" herself on the world stage
for her "minions" to laud her efforts.
No need to attract
Isis eyes on T&T
Rowley on PM's UN resolution support Two separate videos have been posted on
the internet allegedly showing fighters with
T&T links involved in the Isis conflict in recent
One of the videos, which runs for 47 seconds,
was posted earlier this year on United King-
dom-based video-sharing website LiveLeak.
The video entitled, "21 plus....Graphic and
Disgusting...Foreign terrorists in Syria playing
with the head of a Syrian citizen after they
purports to show
playing with the
head of a decapitat-
ed man in Syria,
and features a man
talking with what
appears to be a
The second was
posted by ISIS
media arm Al-
Hayat on August 2.
greeting from the
land of Khilafah," it
sought to invite
lims to join the self-proclaimed caliphate.
That video also showed an ISIS fighter, who
identified himself as Abu Abdurahman al-
Trinidadi encouraging Muslims to join the
"I m feeling like I m still dreaming," Abu
Abdurahman al-Trinidadi, who reports said
was a US fighter originally from Trinidad, said
in the video.
"You have to be here to understand what
I m saying. If you stand away you will not
understand," he added.
Al-Trinidadi was holding a young child in
his hand and was standing with another man
who was identified as having Trini roots as
Al-Trinidadi s interview was used in a sub-
sequent CNN report highlighting the death of
American-born Isis fighter Douglas McArthur
McCain in Syria. McCain was the second Amer-
ican who has been killed fighting for Isis. That
CNN report also highlighted the fact that hun-
dreds of foreigners were joining the Isis cause.
Local Muslim organisations have, however,
denied any knowledge of Trinis involvement
in Isis fighting.
When asked to confirm whether there were
Trinis involved with Isis during her trip to New
York, Persad-Bissessar said there was no evi-
dence to prove this.
PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley greets chairman of the Youth League Jamila Noel Harewood
during the Diego Martin West Constituency's annual conference at the Point Cumana
Community Complex, Point Cumana, yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
in Isis videos
Contacted yesterday National
Security Minister Gary Griffith
said Rowley's statements
reflected total stupidity when it
came to matters of security,
noting one cannot bury one's
head in the sand.
"Rowley needs a reality check.
In 1990 we had persons who
went to Libya to train and came
back to T&T...so there have been
terrorist activities here," he said.
"The prime minister is not
taking on ISIS but rather taking
on the political will that is
required and as a nation we are
being mature...T&T is not
isolated from terrorism," Griffith
However, Griffith refused to
comment on reports that there
are also Isis fighters with
Trinidadian links involved in the
war in Syria.
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