|Volume No. 1 Issue No. 66 - Monday February 14, 2005|
|PM Skeritt Visits Tripoli Libya |
by The Dominican.net News Desk
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt last week paid an unannounced visit to Libya to visit Libyan Leader Qadhafi.
According to the Jamahiriya News Agency, the Prime Minister “conducted a visit on Wednesday morning to the house of the Leader of the Revolution, which withstood the failed Atlantic American aggression on the Great Jamahiriya in 1986. There he saw the effects of the aggression.”
“The Prime Minister of Dominica wrote in the visitors register the following: The care of God was actually with the Leader, to continue the leadership of the struggle of this people. Long live the struggle of people, long live the Leader, long live the South-South. Long live Libya.”
The United Workers Party (UWP) reacted to news of the Prime Minister’s visit with a press statement indicating that it was an effort to seek funding to finance the upcoming elections. Deputy leader of the Party Julius Timothy was quoted as saying that the unannounced visit was another indication of the dictatorial tendencies of the Prime Minister.
In a departure statement to reporters, the Prime Minister was quoted as saying: " I am honored in my visit to Libya to meet the Leader Muammar al Qadhafi . The meeting was very important in which issues related to the world especially building up the spaces including the Caribbean space were discussed.”
“I’ve always admired the Leader Muammar al Qadhafi, and his struggle for the
Libyan people and the people of the world, this meeting consolidated my everlasting admiration of his personality, struggle and wisdom."
The Prime Minister then expressed his thanks and gratitude for the warm welcome and hospitality he received since arriving in Libya. He said the visit was a chance to discuss a number of issues of common interest and that the talks were fruitful to build strong bilateral relations between the two countries.
On his return to Dominica on Sunday, the Prime Minister informed the public that the Libyan leader had undertaken to rebuild the Goodwill Secondary School and the Rosie Douglas Portsmouth Primary School. He also indicated that the Libyans were interested in helping rehabilitate Dominica's roads.
The Prime Minister also reported on discussions he held with the president of Cyprus and several investors who he said are interested in looking at investment opportunities in Dominica.
In 2001, then Prime Minister Pierre Charles visited Libya and secured US $1 million from the Libyan leader for projects in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).