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The parents of six-year-old
Keyana Cumberbatch are pleading
with the public to help them find
their child who went missing on
Cumberbatch's mother Simone
Williams, who spoke with members
of the media at her Building 4, Mal-
oney Gardens, home yesterday, said
her child was last seen with a male
relative while on her way to her
Williams said her daughter had
done what she normally does: Get
home from St Barbara's Shouter
Baptist Primary School, change her
clothes and go to her grandmother's
house with her younger sister,
three-year-old Briana Lewis.
The girls left their home and were
on their way to their grandmother's
house at Building 17, just across the
road, Williams said. The girls were
last seen talking to a male relative.
Briana made it to her grand-
mother's while Keyana, a second-
year pupil, has not been seen since.
The male relative is in police cus-
tody assisting with their investi-
Williams said the police told her
the matter was being treated as a
When the T&T Guardian arrived
at the house, police K9 sniffer dogs
were just being bundled into a vehi-
cle and two crime scene vehicles,
usually seen on murder scenes, were
Williams said she found out her
elder child was missing around 6
pm when she called to ask how her
children were doing.
Williams, who works at Club
Princess, Port-of-Spain, said she
was told that Keyana was not at
her grandmother's and only her
sister was there.
After frantic searches in the
neighbourhood and calls to the male
relative, the family called police at
the Maloney Police Post who
detained the man.
Williams said she had not slept
since her daughter went missing.
Police from the Maloney post
and officers from the Northern
Division are investigating.
Caricom will defer its consideration
of an application for membership to
the regional movement by the
Dominican Republic (DR) and review
its relationship with that country in
Cariforum, Community of Latin
American and Caribbean States
(CELAC) and the Organisation of
American States (OAS).
Those were the major decisions
announced by Caricom chair, Prime
Minister Kamla Persad, at a news brief-
ing following yesterday's three-hour
meeting of the Caricom Bureau at the
Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's, which
discussed the September 23 ruling of
the Constitutional Court in the DR.
That ruling, which cannot be chal-
lenged provides for people born in the
DR to Haitian parents not be given
birth certificates retroactively.
Persad-Bissessar chaired the three-
hour meeting which was attended by
Haitian President Michel Martelly, St
Vincent and the Grenadines Prime
Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves and Cari-
com Secretary General Irwin LaRocque.
"It cannot be business as usual," she
The DR has been under mounting
regional and international pressure for
the ruling, which Persad-Bissessar said
made tens of thousands of people born
in the DR "stateless and with no course
Persad-Bissessar said Caricom wel-
comed an intervention by Venezuela
to bring the two countries together for
face-to-face talks last weekend.
But Martelly said the talks in Caracas
did not appear to successful as the DR
has subsequently misrepresented the
He said the agreement in Venezuela
provided for bi-lateral talks to be given
top priority while the DR took steps
to act in good faith and not implement
He said the DR was insisting it be
allowed to implement the measure.
Martelly said a second round of talks
between the two countries in Venezuela
may not take place later this week as
the DR was not acting in good faith.
He said a few days ago, the DR repa-
triated newborn children who were
between one and three days old. He
said young girls and boys were also
sent to Haiti and they could not even
speak French or creole.
The Haitian leader expressed uncer-
tainty about his country's further par-
ticipation in the Venezuela initiative.
Persad-Bissessar said Caricom want-
ed DR to show "immediate, credible
steps as part of an overall plan to resolve
the nationality issue for people born
there to Haitian parents.
"At this time we will suspend con-
sideration of the request by the
Dominican Republic for membership
of Caricom," Persad-Bissessar added.
Persad-Bissessar said Caricom con-
demned the DR's Constitutional Court
She said the DR must take "the nec-
essary political, legislative, judicial and
administrative steps urgently to redress
the grave humanitarian situation cre-
ated by the ruling. She also called on
other countries and organisations to
add their voices to urge the DR "to
right this terrible wrong."
She said the global and regional
community should put pressure on the
DR Government "to adopt urgent
measures to ensure the jaundiced deci-
sion of the Constitutional Court does
She said the full citizenship rights
of people of Haitian descent, born in
the DR were guaranteed.
Commenting on a scheduled visit
to the DR by officials of the Inter-
American Commission on Human
Rights, Persad-Bissessar said Caricom
supported that initiative and would
"request advisory opinion from the
Inter-American Court on Human
She said Caricom would also "con-
sider the introduction of a resolution
at the United Nations General Assem-
bly condemning the ruling."
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar greets secretary general of Caricom Irwin
LaRocque after a meeting on the Dominican Republic issue at the Diplomatic
Centre, St Ann's. Also in the photo is President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, second
from left, and Prime Minister of St Vincent Ralph Gonsalves.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Caricom to review DR ties
Relative quizzed as girl, 6, goes missing
Attorney Robin Montano yes-
terday resigned as interim Inde-
pendent Liberal Party (ILP) chair-
man after four months on the job,
citing party errors, decisions taken
without reference to the party s
executive and "things" happening
in the party which have been of
concern to him for "some time."
In his resignation letter to ILP
leader Jack Warner, he also took
issue with "advisers" whom he said
Warner had gathered around him
and who were unable to provide
the party with not "much more
than empty rhetoric."
Also among his reasons for quit-
ting, Montano, who said ILP is now
like all the other parties in T&T,
added that he felt he had been
"mere window-dressing" for the
ILP in the past few months.
Montano's resignation came five
days before ILP's first convention
scheduled for Sunday.
Montano was announced as
interim chairman when the party
was launched last July by Warner.
He had consistently been a frontline
speaker since then and was the
party's Port-of-Spain co-ordinator
for 12 candidates in the October 21
local government polls.
When the party lost the local
government elections, Montano
was the first ILP official to concede
defeat. After the ILP also lost the
St Joseph by-election, Montano
became low --profile within the
party and did not attend last week's
Yesterday, Montano sent a res-
ignation letter to Warner around
He stated: "As you have been
aware I have not been happy for
some time. I believe that funda-
mental errors have been made and
are continuing to be made and I
have not seen any real effort to fix
Montano said although he had
voiced those and other concerns
to Warner, via an e-mail of October
25, and he had also said at an ILP
meeting on October 28 that he felt
he was chairman "in name only",
Warner had assured that was not
so.Montano added in the letter:
"Unfortunately, there have been
no discernible changes and since
then decisions were taken without
reference either to me or to the
executive committee, with the
result that I have had no choice
but to go along after the fact as
not to do so would have caused
huge embarrassment to both you
as well as to the party."
He added: "I find it difficult to
operate in an environment where
I do not have all the facts and am
continuously having to defend
while being concerned that there
might be something around the
corner' about which I know noth-
Montano said he had joined ILP
because he saw a movement for
change, "which change I really
believed in but plans and hopes
have somehow been derailed or
diverted and there is little today to
distinguish us from the others."
Montano said: "I'm concerned
that those advisers whom you have
gathered around you do not really
understand this and have to date
been unable to provide us with
much more than empty academic
rhetoric which really do not address
the problems of ordinary people.
"In these circumstances, I regret
to advise that I prefer to withdraw
from active politics and accordingly
hereby resign as interim chairman
of the ILP."
Contacted yesterday, Montano
confirmed the resignation and said
he had no regrets about joining
ILP. He also said he had not been
persuaded by anyone to resign.
"I joined for all the right reasons
as I really believed it was an oppor-
tunity for a moment for change,"
he added, declining to elaborate on
the "things" he said had happened
in the party which prompted his
Party officials said last evening
that Warner had thanked Montano
for his services.
Warner, however, did not answer
calls from the T&T Guardian.
Also contacted yesterday, ILP
deputy leader Lyndira Oudit said
she was unaware of any resigna-
tion. She added that the party's
constitution would be ratified at
Sunday's convention and after that
an executive would be elected by
Keyana Cumberbatch ...missing
as ILP chairman
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