Minister Lisel Alamilla explains Cabinet’s position on enforcement duties

In more Rosewood related news, information recently circulated suggests that Cabinet has tried to block enforcement duties on the part of the Ministry of Forestry and Fisheries and Sustainable Development and Department of the Environment, particularly with regard to Rosewood. Today, Minister Lisel Alamilla issued a response.

Minister Lisel Alamilla:
vlcsnap-2013-05-08-19h34m45s169At no time did cabinet instruct me that Forest department cannot conduct enforcement without the approval of Cabinet.  What Cabinet decided on, in fact it was a decision that was made long before I came on board, is that when you’re going to go into a protected area to remove illegal settlers, that that is something Cabinet wants to be informed about, because it has implications on people and ensuring that their human rights and their economic interests are protected.  And so we would have to be very careful in how we proceed with that kind of removal.  But outside of that Forestry and Fisheries and the department of the Environment are fully able to enforce the laws that they have demanded to enforce.

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