Gov’t responds to UWP’s ALBA concerns

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Gov’t responds to UWP’s ALBA concerns
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Government has responded to statements made by United Workers Party (UWP) Leader Allen Chastanet regarding its decision to join ALBA.

In a statement issued by the press secretary on Tuesday morning, the government labeled some of the opposition member’s comments as “false.”

Chastanet had called on the prime minister to make the details of the agreement between ALBA and St. Lucia public, in addition to raising several other concerns about the matter.

Chastanet had said he was worried that the new relationship with ALBA could lead to possible fall-outs between St. Lucia and some of its traditional partners such as the United States, the United Kingdom and the OECS, since ALBA members had agreed to expel USAID and support Argentina over the Falklands, and to join a new currency.

The government’s press release responded, “Clearly, Chastanet is blissfully unaware of the fact that three other members of the OECS, namely Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda, have been members of ALBA for over four years – over five in the case of Dominica. Therefore, we are at pains to understand how Saint Lucia joining the ranks of three of its sister OECS Member States will cause ‘potential fallout’ within the organization,” the government release said.

It further stated, “To compound matters, Chastanet implied that before Saint Lucia can join any organization, the executive must first seek parliamentary approval. Is Chastanet suggesting that Parliament should have approved Saint Lucia joining the Caribbean Tourism Organization or the Food and Agriculture Organization? Obviously Allen Chastanet does not understand the role of the cabinet as distinct and separate from the role of Parliament.

“Allen Chastanet would be better served if he were to acquaint himself with the workings of our regional organizations and the respective roles and responsibilities of the executive and the legislature before he makes another of his so-called addresses to the nation,” the release said.

The government also pointed to Chastanet’s questions with regards to an announcement by Venezuela to increase its Petrocaribe interest rates.

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  1. Well well! Tell me what is the problem with demanding accountability from the persons we put to work for US. Whether the agreement is with Taiwan, china, the US wherever. We need to to know the fine print cuz wen those guys are gone is my our children that would be either at an advantage or disadvantage. Account! Just bloody well ACCOUNT!

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  2. What is destroying this country is not politics but the people itself ...it has been study that St. Lucian ignorance is the cause of the countries problems. That decision to join ALBA was a prefect move, the USA/UK would've leech stlucia dry , you people need to learn world history to know about the corruption of the U.S and U.K .Open your eyes you ignorant people the world is changing and stlucia needs to adapt to this change and its going in the right way.

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  3. A government of Accountability which is annoyed that it has to account for the reasoning behind it's actions...smh

    Unless if the implication is that "because my friends act like gorgors, then I should act like one as well."

    Flogg Blogg has an interesting take on this...have a look and decide for yourself.
    http://thefloggblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/how-to-totally-screw-up-foreign.html

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  4. What a shsmeful,idiotic responce from the prime minister's office.(of course with the knowledge of the prime minister)
    What is false about the statements? Chastenet spoke about joining ALBA could lead to possible fallouts with the US,UK,and the OECS.HE is making a prediction.Any intelligent person would have recognized the use of the words "could lead to possible fallouts" and interpret them as such.Then,to determine if it is false,you must wait to see what eventually happens.
    anyway,what evidence you have to label what was said as false?
    Chastenet mentioned the US and UK.Did you inadvertently forgot those two and therefore could not provide rebuttals.YEAH RIGHT.
    Anyone who compares ALBA with (Similarity)WTO and FOA is either too dumb to recognise that there is no similarity between the objectives of ALBA and WTO and FAO or deliberately set out to mislead the public.
    PLEASE,answer the Chastenet asked?
    Winston Springer should have acquainted himself with the goals and objectives of the WTO and FAO ,because if he did he would not have used them as analogies.
    And to think he is advising Chastenet to acquaint himself with regards to regional organizations.
    WHAT a waste of TAXPAYERS'money.

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    • Can someone please tell me what is the problem or disadvantage if any of being a member of ALBA. We must stop the petty political rhetoric. Worst was said when we reestablished ties with Cuba. Today we have received so much from this relationship.

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  5. thank you john 3:16 last time i check we are just as if not in worst debt then our sister nations and since when has the united stated become god. personalty everywhere in lucia thats inlove with the US can leave and never come back and the rest of us can focus on improving OUR! nation and the nations of our sister nations

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  6. Remember Jadia is Paid to do a job and her boss Kenny tells her what to say. SLP just come to keep St.lucians down. Kenny taking revenge for putting him out in 2006.

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  7. Does anyone else notice that the response said nothing about the information Chastanet was seeking? All it does is try to belittle the man and make him sound like he does not know what he is talking about! Miss Press Secretary what is the implications for us joining ALBA. Make it public!!! Or cant you answer that ?

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  8. Ohhh mercy, the old masters may not like our new friends.
    Some people want to bend over backwards to remain sub servant to the old masters.

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  9. That press release still has not outlined the regulations in joining ALBA. Which was what Chastanet asked to clarify.
    Stop turning things around and just answere the question that you're asked!

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  10. Why are we being compared to those debt infested islands? What is wrong with those communist ? I really do hope that the United State make them pay dearly.

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    • Glass house my friend. We are just as debt infested as they are. The house of cards is coming down folks.

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    • Communism would the best thing for St lucia if they decide to practice "TRUE COMMUNISM" sadly no one ever has e.g Joseph Stalin (Soviet Union), Chairman Mao(China), learn what is communism before you state in your for a long time. Open you darn eyes you Sleeple!

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      • *.............in your argument. The USA has been destroying Stlucia for a long time. Open you darn eyes you Sleeple!

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