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Gopee-Scoon calls on Therese to resign
Former foreign affairs minister Paula Gopee-Scoon is calling for the immediate resignation of this country’s ambassador to the United Nations in Switzerland, Therese Baptiste-Cornelis. Gopee-Scoon, the Point Fortin MP, made the call following Cornelis’ controversial keynote address to the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) Symposium on Cultural International Diplomacy and Sustainable Development in Geneva. The video of the address has already received more than 11,000 views on Youtube and it is being widely circulated on Facebook.
Gopee-Scoon said the speech was “absolutely disgusting” and an “atrocity.” She said an ambassador is respected as one of the highest representatives of the country and should be someone who knows how to deal with international and multicultural interests.
She said the appointment of Baptiste-Cornelius as this country’s ambassador to Geneva was an example of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s poor selection of diplomats. Gopee-Scoon said damage has been done to this country’s image. In her opening remarks at the Geneva event, Baptiste-Cornelis said: “This is my first keynote speech since I became an ambassador. I had thought I would have stop making speeches after I left being a minister.”
She goes on to talk about her time as health minister and said she was given the chance to do so because not only did she know the prime minister, but she was also her teacher at one point. “I caused chaos. I told the doctors they were making mistakes, they hated the fact that I pointed out they were making mistakes.
They pleaded for me to get out so I agreed with them on that plea and so I gave them so much more stress, so they would plea louder. Then I was replaced by the MP who I was the campaign manager for,” she said.
She added that the diplomatic position is more work than she bargained for, adding that the Government “kinda cheated me.” She said multiculturalism is not a good word to use anymore as it had bad connotations. She goes on to describe her sister as “fertile” after having six children.
Cornelius said she used her influence as a lecturer to display images of Persad-Bissessar during her lecture. She also speaks about how she found her husband on the Internet. She said she was one of the first persons to use the Internet to find a husband and she did so because her coworkers did not like her “liming partner.” While she tells the story of her marriage she reveals that her Internet name was “tropical bear” while her husband’s was “penguin.”
At another point in the speech Baptiste-Cornelis said she never wanted to be a politician because “politics is full of liars.” Cornelius also said she loved to party and used Anslem Douglas’ song Who let the Dogs out to convey her point. “I have wined to that song. When we say wine we do not mean the drink, we mean a gyration of the hips. I am an expert of that. One day I will teach you,” she told the gathering.
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