Roy Cayetano responds to Hon. Theodore Aranda
October 28, 2000
National Garifuna Council
Head Office: Pablo Lambey Garifuna Cultural Centre
Commerce Street, Dangriga
Phone: (501) 5-23781 - Fax: 5-23282
A letter from the
Hon. Theodore Aranda was published in several newspapers on the
weekend of October 20, 2000. I noted that it was addressed to
my capacity as President of the National Garifuna Council.
Neither I nor the National Garifuna Council will be drawn into a
public debate about the merits or demerits of joining the WGO.
Our position was expressed in a statement that was published in the
newspapers in early December, 1999. Therefore, with respect to
the letter to the letter from Dr. Aranda, I simply wish to make
Firstly, we do not
believe that any differences that may exist between us should be
taken to the public before we have given ourselves a fair chance to
discuss and resolve it.
Secondly, I never
received Dr. Aranda's letter. It was never delivered to our
office at the Pablo Lambey Centre in Dangriga, to which it was
addressed, nor to my home or my place of work.
Executive Chairman of the WGO, Mr. Kenrick Glasgow, who resides in
New York, (not Dr. Aranda) did send us a written invitation to join
his organization. We had been in communication with Mr.
Glasgow whom I had informed that the matter had been put on the
agenda for discussion and a possible decision at the meeting of the
Board of Directors of the NGC that was to take place on Saturday,
In view of the
above, one can only speculate about what might have been the motive
for the publication of the letter in question.
(Signed) E. Roy Cayetano
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