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Khan, however, expressed a desire for Warner
to return "home" and urged the use of the
mediation process, which he said he studied,
to bring this about.
"I would like Mr Warner to consider coming
back home," he said.
Noting he heard Warner say the same thing,
he said: "Maybe that will happen in the future,
once he speaks to the Prime Minister.
"All it would take is a phone call and dia-
logue. In fact, I did the mediation programme.
I believe in it. I think mediation will work.
Tomorrow is a different day."
Khan said he encouraged the use of medi-
ation when former UNC attorney general
Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj and ex-prime min-
ister Basdeo Panday were at loggerheads.
He said he also advocated it when the Con-
gress of the People and UNC were warring in
"Believe it or not, in politics as time goes
on, you see things. And mediation can always
Khan said he thinks mediation could even
work in resolving the matter between Volney
and the Government.
He noted, though, it does not seem like
mediation is a favourite solution for T&T politi-
"One thing I would say with politics, espe-
cially when party issues are involved, you ve
seen it with Mr Manning and Mr Rowley,
mediation like it doesn t take place," he said.
"It seems like we have problems with medi-
ation in our own systems but we are very good
at mediating in external systems."
Warner launched his new political party
Friday night. His battle for his former con-
stituency came after he resigned as MP and
as national security minister earlier this year,
after a damning report from Concacaf during
his tenure there.
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The National Trust needs to be
reformed, the heritage preservation advo-
cacy group Citizens for Conservation
The trust was established by an act of
Parliament in 1991 to ensure the legal pro-
tection and preservation of T&T s historical
buildings and heritage sites.
In a statement, CFC said the National
Trust had a "poor performance track
record," and was "largely responsible for
the sad state of affairs that exists today
where none of our historical buildings or
sites are listed for protection and there is
no restoration or maintenance policy."
In calling on Minister of National Diver-
sity and Social Integration Clifton De
Coteau to "rectify" the problem, the group
said a proper administrative infrastructure
In May, CFC and the Ministry of Nation-
al Diversity and Social Integration hosted
a heritage workshop which was conducted
by the London-based International Nation-
al Trusts Organisation (INTO).
After the workshop, INTO submitted a
report to De Coteau which outlined the
way forward for a successful national trust
and heritage sector.
"We intend to press persistently for the
implementation of all aspects of the
report," the group said.
Rudylynn Roberts, president of CFC,
said she could not divulge the details of
In an interview, she said the reform
should produce a more vibrant, member-
The group also called on Government
to establish a "Heritage Preservation Fund,"
a permanent financial resource similar to
the Green Fund.
"This fund will be used for the restora-
tion and maintenance of private and public
historic buildings and sites, art and arti-
facts," the group said.
Roberts said the Government needed to
provide financial incentives to owners of
buildings that are listed as heritage sites,
as is the norm in other countries.
"People cannot afford to restore their
buildings...Owners should be able to apply
for a grant if their property is listed as a
heritage site," he said.
The result of these efforts, Roberts said,
would be a thriving heritage tourism indus-
try.After positive discussions with De
Coteau and almost two years of lobbying,
the group has been assured that restoration
works on Mille Fleurs---one of the Mag-
nificent Seven---would begin soon.
Saying that they do not intend to stop
here, CFC also called on the Government
to roll out a timetable for restorative works
to be done on the rest of the Magnificent
Seven and other heritage sites.
Group calls on Govt to
reform National Trust
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