Speaking at the signing of the “Accord”, on Wednesday, (16th December), Amory said that the party leaders can only guide the process for the people but the parties must ensure that the people understand that the accord is meant to bring about change in St. Kitts and Nevis.
“We cannot, anyone of us in this room and those listening… we cannot be happy with the position and the situation in which our country is at presently.”
He stated that with support from the people of St. Kitts and Nevis at the upcoming general elections, a government of national unity will be instituted and the three leaders who affixed their signature to the “Accord” will be part of that team.
According to Amory, the overall objective is to ensure that there is equity between the people of the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis.
“None of us can say that we have not felt the pain of this inequity. We have not felt the pain of the disregard of the people of Nevis and the Nevis Island administration. Since 1983 we have struggled to ensure that the constitution, which brought the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis into being, that it should guide the process by which the people of St. Kitts and Nevis are governed.”
However, Amory noted that the governance of St. Kitts and Nevis is being done through the process of “patrimony” and “nepotism”.
“We have come today to provide the people of St. Kitts and Nevis with a new transparent approach to governance and this transparent approach to governance is not for us who are signing this agreement, it is for the people of St. Kitts and the people of Nevis.
“The time was when alliances such as what we are thinking of, were done in the dead of night and early morning in cretaceous ways and in large measures to the people on both sides of the channel.
The Charlestown Accord is a 17 point plan laid out by the Opposition Coalition Team Unity to bring benefit to the people St. Kitts and Nevis especially Nevisians.
That document was signed by Dr. Timothy Harris, leader of the Peoples Labour Party, Vance Amory, leader of the Concerned Citizens Movement and Shawn Richards, leader of the People’s Action Movement.
The document was signed in Charlestown, Nevis, on Wednesday 17th December and was witnessed by members of the opposition from St. Kitts, candidates from Nevis and party supporters from both islands.
“We are here today to demonstrate a commitment to formalize the cooperation between the parties but which I believe will galvanize the cooperation between people as well… We are here to give a commitment to the equitable sharing of resources and this would be spelt out in the agreement.”
Amory believes that if they were to miss this “Accord” they will not have been judged fairly by citizens of the country.