Government issues statement on Emmanuel Cotter’s passing

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Government issues statement on Emmanuel Cotter’s passing
Painting of Emmanuel Potter done by St. Lucian artist Naja Misaki Simeon.
Painting of Emmanuel Cotter, done by St. Lucian artist Naja Misaki Simeon.

PRESS RELEASE – The following is a statement issued by Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, on the passing of H.E. Emmanuel Cotter:

“The Government of Saint Lucia expresses its condolences to the family of His Excellency Emmanuel Cotter who passed away in London on September 5th, 2014. Mr. Cotter served Saint Lucia as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1998 – 2007.

The late High Commissioner represented Saint Lucia with a high degree of commitment throughout his diplomatic tenure. He enhanced bilateral relations with the United Kingdom and strengthened the traditional bonds of friendship between the two countries.

H.E. Cotter contributed immensely to Saint Lucia’s diaspora community in the United Kingdom as Head of Mission and through his various charitable works.

The development of Caribbean nationals in the UK was also a cause close to his heart and he worked assiduously with a number of organisations to this end.

In honour of his outstanding service to the community, he was awarded an MBE for facilitating economic development and entrepreneurship in inner city communities in the UK.

To those who knew him and worked with him, he was a deeply patriotic Saint Lucian and exhibited a strong sense of duty in carrying out his functions. The former High Commissioner will be sorely missed.

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  1. If there was love in the heart of PM ANTHONY he`would have passed it down to his Ministers - Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, CabSec PM's Office and the British High Commission in St. Lucia. All they want is`your services, talents and skills while your family SUFFER. NO LOVE CARE OR CONCERNS from the present government. KENNY GOVERNMENT. No wonder . COTTER WILL BE BURIED IN ENGLAND IN SPITE OF HIS WISHES TO BE BURIED IN HIS COUNTRY ST. LUCIA AMONGST HIS FAMILY AFTER HIS DEATH. HIS WISHES. Rest In Peace Mr. Cotter job well done and approved by the Lord.

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  2. The High Commission in London did send a message to all Nationals and friends on 9th September, I did receive that email. And it's also on there website.

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  3. I am so very disappointed with the sentiments expressed by the Saint Lucian powers of be, both in the homeland and in the UK.

    It no wonder that people question what voluntary workers do with requested donations in times of crisis as they are well aware of the Government's attitude.

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  4. Agree, notice of Mr. Cotters demise has been long coming. Unfortunately it is consistent with the manner nationals abroad are treated. Out of sight out of mind. Leo this one is on you SLP supporters in the U K were very disappointed. Having said that there has been no no notice of his death from the High Commission in the UK..Although the PM did go and pay his respects to the family on his recent visit to the UK.

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    • Anon, imagine that and the Prime Minister supposed to be from the same area with him. Piaye district go up and round.

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  5. May u rest in eternal peace Mr Manny. ...you were like family to our family n we're privileged to have met you n blessing us with two great kids

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  6. From what I saw on www.stluciahcuk.org/home.html High Commissioner Dr Hilaire did release a statement on 9 September. But where is the Minister of External Affairs who is responsible for High C

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  7. This government is something eles. U cared so much about him yet he has been dead a month and only now u express condolences. Choops !!
    Rest in Peace Sir.

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  8. Well said Serious,No profit and others. You guys are right about my uncle's death. I live in N Y and every day I've been looking out for an obituary about my uncle until today 3 weeks later. The PM was in England when he died. Now they have so much to say about a man who helped his country under Jenny's leadership. I guess it's better late than never. Thank you on my family's behalf. He was a good man. R.I.P uncle. Thank you SNO.

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  9. Couldn't they find a real picture of him? I agree that the message came too late. We St. Lucian lack national pride and there is no example from the top. RIP Mr Cotter

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  10. What a nice thing to say about a departed cousin. True we may not have known him but take my word at it's worth, he was really nice to some people.

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  11. He passed away since 5 September and a PRESS RELEASE was sent out on the 26 September,21 days after, the same day with his death announcement on tv, why. The PM was in England when he passed away. Not one word in Parliament extending condolences to the families both in England and St. Lucia. Is that how this government choose to treat persons who has contributed to this country, no wounder the family did not want any contribution from the government of St. Lucia for his burial. They want peace at home. What happens behind close doors stays there. I pray for strength for his family both in St. Lucia and in England.

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  12. R.I.P uncle Noel. You will be missed by the entire Hercules Cotter families especially your beloved sister mummy Jane.

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    • R.I.P uncle Noel, It is such a shame they do not have a real photo of him to put up...the prime minister knows the family very well especially mammy Jane ,she has plenty on her wall if they were interested trust me they could have fined one.

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