Antigua and Barbuda asks Wessexes to use ‘diplomatic influence’ to help secure reparations (2/2)
The prime minister said he understood the royal family did not get involved in “contentious issues” but said he wanted them to “understand these issues… so you can use your diplomatic influence in achieving the reparatory justice that we seek”.
Mr Browne added: “The reality is we have been left and bereft of modern institutions such as universities and medicinal facilities.”
He said: “We continue to have the Queen as our head of state, even though I should say we aspire at some point to become a republic. But that is not currently on the cards so she will remain as head of state for some time to follow.
“We’re not trying to embarrass you, we’re just trying to build awareness. You may not necessarily comment on this issue as you represent an institution that doesn’t comment on contentious issues.
“Our civilisation should understand the atrocities that took place during colonialism and slavery and the fact that we have to bring balance by having open discussions.
“We believe in constructive engagement so you’ll notice there weren’t any placards because for us it’s about having open and objective discussions.
“We understand that nature of your job is not to get involved in contentious issues but at the same time it’s important for you to understand these issues.
“You can even use your, let’s say, diplomatic influence to build bridges in achieving the reparatory justice that we seek here in the Caribbean. Because the reality is we have been left and bereft of important institutions such as universities and good medicinal facilities.”