Acting Prime Minister Prakash Ramadahr said yesterday there was still a “sticking point” in the resolution of discussions for the allotment of local government candidates between the United National Congress (UNC) and the Congress of the People (COP).
He declined, however, to say what that “sticking point” was. Ramadhar was speaking to reporters during a visit to the Emperor Valley Zoo, Port of Spain, with his family.
He said the negotiating parties had met last night, but despite there being no agreement, the reports that he received about the meeting indicated it “should be resolved soon once the rights of (sic) and fairness are respected”.
Ramadhar, who is also political leader of the COP, said since he had been appointed acting Prime Minister while Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, he had recused himself from the negotiations and instead referred questions to the acting political leader of the party, Anirudh Mahabir.
Housing Minister Roodal Moonilal yesterday confirmed that a meeting was held between both parties on Monday night and they had “made a breakthrough.”
“A new proposal came on the table from the Congress of the People and we (the UNC) took note of it and we are now consulting with our principals and our leadership and members and we should have a position by late this evening or tomorrow morning,” Moonilal said yesterday during a family and sports day at Kennedy Park, Diamond Village, South Trinidad. See Page 8
The details of the proposal made by the COP, Moonilal said, could not revealed given the “sanctity of the negotiation process”.
—with reporting by