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Nevis seeking independence?

NEVIS SEEKING INDEPENDENCE? The opposition Nevis Reformation Party has called for assistance from The United Nations, Caricom and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to push constitutional change, reports BBC News (Feb. 25, 2004):

The island's government is insisting on another referendum, possibly later this year, to break away from the federation with St Kitts. Leader of the Nevis Reformation Party, Joseph Parry said St. Kitts & Nevis needs international assistance to drive constitutional reform forward. The Concerned Citizens Movement in Nevis had served notice that it will push for a referendum to decide the future of the country. Under the constitution Nevis can secede from the union if voters on the island choose do so by referendum. Caribbean countries are opposing efforts by the island of Nevis to break away from the larger sister-island St. Kitts;

In February, OECS leaders called on the Nevis Island Administration to review its move to hold a referendum on whether Nevis, which has a population of 10,080, should break away from the 68-square mile (176 square km) St. Kitts with its 31,380 population. Those in favor of secession lost the 1998 referendum vote by five percent. Since then citizens of Nevis has accused the St. Kitts government of stifling their island from funding and investment opportunities. No date has been set for the referendum though Amory has hinted a poll would be held in 2004. If the 'yes' vote wins, the 36-square mile (93 square km) Nevis could become one of the world's smallest countries.
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Title Annotation:St. Kitts & Nevis
Publication:Caribbean Update
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:5STKI
Date:Apr 1, 2004
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