National Security Minister Jack Warner
Jack: Therese was inappropriate
This was how National Security Minister Jack Warner yesterday described the controversial speech given by Ambassador Therese Baptiste-Cornelis at a conference hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Geneva in June.
The 37-minute-long speech was uploaded on the Institute's website and several social networking websites.
Baptiste-Cornelis rambled on in many areas and disclosed that she entered politics only on the insistence of her former student- Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
After strong public criticism from all quarters on the issue, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran on Thursday issued a statement informing that Baptiste-Cornelis' tour of duty will come to an end in September and she will be returning home where she will meet with Dookeran on September 3.
Warner was reluctant to comment on the matter yesterday when questioned on the issue following a handing over ceremony of medical equipment from the Chinese Government at the Air Guard, Piarco.
"I would much prefer he answer that question than I because I think that is his remit, she has been recalled and I guess when she comes back he and she will speak but to tell you anything about it wouldn't be able to say because it doesn't fall under me directly," said Warner.
Pressed as to whether he saw the video and what were his thoughts, Warner said "I saw the video...well I think it was an inappropriate video but I wouldn't want to say much on that, I think in some ways I will have to see her to get from her more than the video says because something has to have happened and I don't want to make some judgment that is too rushed so I think when she comes back and we speak I would be better able to make a judgment." See Page 7