The Keith Rowley administration has once again been caught lying to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
Less than a week ago, the Opposition questioned Minister of National Security and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young in the Senate, and Young claimed that US Ambassador Joseph Mondello never spoke of the potential violation of the Rio Treaty caused by sanctioned Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez’ meeting with Keith Rowley. Stuart Young lied again.
Today, the US Ambassador released a definitive statement on the matter, stating that he “expressed concern to the Minister in that conversation about the consistency of Delcy Rodriguez’s visit to Port of Spain with Trinidad and Tobago’s obligations as a party to the Rio Treaty. Article 20 of the Rio Treaty makes it unambiguously clear that all measures imposed by the Organ of Consultation — like the travel restrictions on Ms. Rodriguez — are binding on all treaty parties.”
The Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance commonly known as the Rio Treaty is an agreement signed in 1947, the central principle contained in its articles is that an attack against one is to be considered an attack against them all; this was known as the “hemispheric defense” doctrine. The actions of this Government has put Trinidad and Tobago in danger of losing these protections and then they attempted a major cover-up.
Young lied to hide the fact that this Government has not only broken the trust of our allies, but jeopardized our international image.
How many more lies will the Keith Rowley government tell to cover up their links to the Maduro elites?
It is totally unacceptable that yet again this Government has sought to mislead our population as well as our Parliament where the statements were initially made.
There is a clear practice of deception by members of the Rowley regime as they repeatedly try to mislead the population. Their lies have now caught the attention of the international community including the US Ambassador.
The Ambassador’s statements further prove that the Prime Minister himself has been less than truthful with the people of our nation when he dismissed these claims as false on Saturday.
It is utterly shameful that the Rowley regime has tarnished our image at a time when nations like ours need to maintain proper relations with the international community as we ease out of this global pandemic.
Again, for the record, the UNC has never called for any sanctions to be placed on our nation but rather sought to expose the detrimental actions of the Rowley regime. Their own actions have now been proven to have been enough to warrant a reaction by the international community.
Their constant attempts to distract, blame and deceive are coming to an end as all their lies are being exposed. The only decent thing left for Rowley and his cronies to do is to step down and call the election.