British officials met with Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and National Security Minister Brigadier John Sandy to discuss Government's decision to cancel the contract to a British firm to construct three offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for T&T.
CNC3 reported last night the meeting with the unnamed British officials took place at the Cabildo office of the AG.
The British Government was reportedly seeking the Government's reconsideration of its decision to cancel the contract.
Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley said yesterday the T&T Government may be taken to court over its cancellation of the billion-dollar contract to buy three offshore patrol vessels from a British firm.
Rowley said Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's public statements on the Government's cancellation of the contract might result in T&T being taken to court for breach of contract.
Persad-Bissessar said last month the T&T Government was expected to receive a refund of $1.5 billion after British shipbuilders, BAE Systems Surface-Ships, failed to deliver the three vessels on time.
She added that T&T was not prepared to waive the breaches and the (refunded) money could be better spent on health care, education and increased salaries for policemen, prisons officers and others.
Rowley told a news conference at his Charles Street office, Port-of-Spain, yesterday the matter could end up in court.
"She has now handed the contractor a watertight defence for any litigation the contractor may want to bring against the State for the cancellation of the contract," Rowley said.He insisted that any lawyer could initiate legal action against the state in the existing circumstances.
He said he would be very surprised "if this matter does not end in serious litigation ... and our (T&T's) case has been compromised by the Prime Minister in her loose statements." Rowley also called on the PM to speak out on her appointment of former public utilities minister Ganga Singh to the post of chief executive officer of WASA, and others, in the wake of forensic evidence with respect to the controversial establishment of the desalination plant in T&T under the former Basdeo Panday Government.