Britain adopts 'more cooperative approach' to dealins with OT's
Sat 20 November, 2010

Britain is adopting a “more cooperative approach� to its dealings with its overseas territories.

A Cabinet Office statement issued after the end of the annual Overseas Territories Consultative Council meeting in London, quoted Bermuda’s Premier Paula Cox as saying that “there was cautious optimismâ€?  from the leaders of the British Overseas Territories attending the meeting.

The statement said issues discussed at the Overseas Territories Consultative Council — the first since Britain elected a new coalition government — included the UK's relationship with its territories, criminal justice, the environment and identity and passport services.

Cox is quoted as saying that “at the conclusion of all meetings, there appeared to be a clear change in tone from Her Majesty's Government that signalled a more co-operative approach to matters of both concern and cooperation�.

Leaders of seven of the 14 territories were at this year's Overseas Territories Consultative Council - the 12th since the meetings began in 1999.

Before the Overseas Territories Consultative Council meeting, the leaders met with Queen Elizabeth.

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