My friends joke with me that every time I travel to a particular country, there is a coup or some major event and that somehow I must be responsible. As I fly to Trinidad and Tobago today, there is news that the archipelagic state has formally established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Croatia, where I was in July. Coincidence? Or more evidence of the power of the flyingnorth blog in international affairs?
Soon to be a full member of the European Union in 2013, Croatia’s ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN this week signed a communiqué with Trinidad and Tobago’s ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations affirming the commitment of their governments to promote ties of friendship and cooperation, rooted in the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter. This move will lead to increased opportunities for both cultural and economic exchanges between the two nations.
Trinidad and Tobago is a republic with a two-party system and a bicameral parliamentary system based on the Westminster System, with both a head of state [President] and a head of government [Prime Minister]. It has a total population of 1.3 million. It gained independence from Great Britain in 1962 and became a republic in 1976.
The Republic of Croatia is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic with both a head of state [President] and a head of government [Prime Minister]. It has a total population of 4.3 million. It gained independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.
On the heels of this success, as I will be in Brussels in January, I’ll see what I can do to assist the European Union with their debt crisis while I’m sipping a latte on the Grand Place.