Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has formalized his stated intention to engage the Leader of the Opposition Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the UNC, in discussions regarding the crime situation in Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Rowley has officially written to Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, identifying the options available to deal with crime saying that the talks are: “aimed at exploring the options available to us, as Parliamentarians, to address the matter of the safety and security of the population.”
In the letter and email dated September 16, the PM requested, in writing, the Opposition Leader’s proposals for bipartisan discussions between the Government and the Opposition. He also said: “The Government is also prepared to share with you its own ideas, programs, and policies for inclusion in these discussions,”.
Dr. Rowley said after the Opposition’s proposals are made, both parties can move to establish teams comprising four (4) members each, from both the Government and the Opposition, to discuss the initiatives proposed. The letter and email also stated, “These teams will be guided by a crafted agenda formed from our joint submissions which I anticipate we could have in hand within the coming fortnight.”