Even as reports coming out of Trinidad and Tobago that they will boycott the upcoming WICB meeting and are calling for a change at the top of the leadership structure, a release from the CARICOM Secretariat, informed that the WICB-WIPA Mediation Agreement reached in Georgetown, Guyana on 21 July 2009, under the good offices of the Chairman of CARICOM, H.E. President Bharrat Jagdeo, has reaced its second phase following 25 hours of intense discussion between the Parties.
The release stated that, the first phase of the Process was concluded by the parties “without reaching overall agreement on the issues in dispute between them.”
“In the second phase, which begins immediately, the Parties will, in the light of the discussions, prepare written submissions with a view to exploring a comprehensive settlement based on the principle of partnership. These submissions will be exchanged no later than August 20 and discussions on them will resume on August 27 and continue for as long as necessary between then and the end of the first week of September.
The release informed, “The Mediator, Sir Shridath Ramphal, expressed disappointment that more agreement had not been reached during the first phase of discussions, but encouragement that both Parties wished to continue the Mediation Process in the hope of reaching a comprehensive settlement of their differences.”
“Such a settlement, Sir Shridath stressed, is essential to the future of West Indian cricket and he continued to place value on the mutual assertion in the Georgetown Agreement that while both Parties are ’mindful of the mandates of their respective bodies ‘they are also ‘conscious of their responsibilities to the people of the West Indies and the international sport of cricket’.
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