Premier Craig Cannonier held a press conference this morning [Apr 30] where he spoke on a wide range of topics including the RIMS conference, the Uighurs, the recent visit by British Minister Mark Simmonds, the proposed waterfront development in Hamilton and more.
Speaking on discussing the Uighurs with Minister Simmonds, the Premier said, “My concern is that we have the Uighurs here in Bermuda, they have no status at all.
“If there were something to happen — and what I did speak with the Minister about — if there were to be a medical emergency concerning the Uighurs, our hands are really tied, we can’t even really fly them out for medical attention.
“And I insisted that some form of some way be worked out with the UK that if medical attention is needed that we can fly them out and that they could return. We have also been working with the US on a similar agreement to ensure that.
Premier Cannonier continued, “But as we go forward there are some options. I won’t speak of those options now as we are in talks with the US and UK about what some of the other options are, and we will make those known when it is more clear that they may happen.”