VOTE ROW GROWS • Caribbean Life

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Despite all the denials and a plan by the foreign ministry to investigate the faux paus, the controversy over Trinidad and Tobago’s recent vote against a request by Dominica for an ease of its annual contributions to a hemispheric umbrella body just would not go away.

Late last month, Port of Spain’s delegation to the 34-nation Organization of American States (OAS) surprised all and sundry by voting to turn down a request from hurricane-ravaged Dominica for a waiver in its annual payments to the body because it just could not afford to do so with losses estimated at more than one billion dollars.

The island was pulverized by Hurricane Maria in mid September. The storm damaged most buildings in the country, killed more…

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