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Browne: Insularity Could Derail OECS

Prime Minister Gaston Browne

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): There appears to be a split developing between Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne and some of his OECS colleagues.

Prime Minister Browne disagrees with Vincentian Prime Minister Ralph Gonsavles’ assessment that LIAT’s closure is imminent because the destinations the airline serves have not heeded LIAT Shareholder Governments’ appeal for financial help for the cash-strapped airline.

However it’s another OECS leader who Browne is most annoyed with, although he did not mention him by name.

That leader’s apparently St Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, who says that if LIAT shuts down it can be easily replaced.

Some 700 of LIAT’s employees are based in Antigua, and a LIAT shutdown could mean many of these employees losing their jobs.

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