Minister for External Affairs cautions against war at UN Assembly

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Minister for External Affairs cautions against war at UN Assembly
External Minister Alva Baptiste.
External Minister Alva Baptiste.

GIS – Hon. Alva Baptiste said escalating conflicts have negative effects on Small Island Developing States that need the assistance of international bodies in order to resolve the issues particular to SIDS.

The 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly was held at the UN Headquarters on Tuesday. Discussions centered on the theme “Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.”

According to Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation, Hon. Alva Baptiste, in order to aid the development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), international bodies need to adopt the UN’s preference for the negotiated resolution of disputes rather than the tendency toward war, which limits the attention and assistance that small states receive.

“Small island states are in need of assistance from the international community to address the issues that plague them. It is for this reason that we venture to express the view that the tensions and tendencies towards war should be subordinated to the search for solutions in which the principles and objectives of this organization—particularly its preference for the negotiated resolution of disputes—are pursued as far as practicable,” Minister Baptiste said.

“Escalating conflicts have negative effects on small states which seek to get the attention of larger powers, and in consequence, retard the positive contribution of the international community to our own concerns.”

The Minister added that because it is difficult for small states, like Saint Lucia, to compete with global issues for the attention of the international community, they need to be more vocal.

“When tremors of these kinds emerge, it is much harder for small states to get the attention of the major powers toward the discussion and evaluation of our own issues. These can only be successfully resolved if the dominant members of the international community can [objectively] relate.”

The Minister also expressed appreciation to CARICOM, the Bolivarian Alliance of Our America (ALBA) and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), among others for their assistance in meeting Millennium Development goals for small states like Saint Lucia.

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  1. ARE YOU SERIOUS TELL ME WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HIS FAMILY. FOR SURE HE DID NOT COME FROMA A FAMILY OF CORRUPTION. WELL BROUGHT UP PEOPLE WITH NO CRIMINAL RECORD. RESPECTABLE PEOPLE I CAN ASSURE YOU OF THAT.

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  2. It is human nature some human beings are never satisfied regardless of having nothing to complain about.Try and be innovative to improve your lot.Manner do not fall from heaven anymore.By the sweat of thy brow you shall eat bread.Lol

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  3. Was anyone really listening to him at the UN? The assembly is normally empty when SIDS reps make their contribution. That's another reason they take a close-up pic. St.Lucia needs to WPC "weh pour choose"

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  4. The people who vote for him are brain washed,their family has been brainwashed & it will go on like that for generations.When elections come about you'll see them holding him around his neck jumping & screaming.There's no cure for Stupid.

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  5. No one should take comments by any political leader on the world stage seriously whatever this guy said up there must have taken weeks to write and edit by his people his worthiness needs to be measured on his achievements at home which by all accounts dont seem to be much. He will probably be the first SLP rep to loose an election in laborie.

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  6. I've known him for donkey years, know his family and such, so I know what I'm talking about. SLP has always won in Laborie, yet on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the best, Laborie has always been about a 1 or 2. Every 4 years, SLP PATCHES a road YES, PATCHES A ROAD, so on the 5th year, they say "see what we have done for you". Laborians need to stop this stupidness of electing colour and start electing a representative who has the welfare of LABORIE and LABORIANS in his/her best interest. By the way, I'm not UWP, SLP, PLP, LMP.

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    • I think its time they vote none of these parties that have been there before and give them LPM party a chance in the Republic of Laborie. They can start a new with an arrangement like that because the way you describe it don't look like SLP have done anything for these people. Just my 2 cents.

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  7. WE LOVE YOU REP!!!. KEEP MAKING US PROUD ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE AND LOCALLY...YOU ARE THE BEST WE HAVE HAD THUS FAR....KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK IN DEVELOPING LABORIE!!!

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    • Best we bot my foot!!! If this is the best we got I don't want to see the worst. Our country can do much better than the Prime Minister of Laborie

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    • Lisa,

      You're probably not from Laborie for you to say something like that. I am. Laborie has basically been the same from when I was born. Yes, a house here and there has been refurbished by the homeowners, but then that's about it. Don't tell me about the Community Centre, because it was falling apart. I know, I used to utilise it several times a week. A new one was needed regardless. Both parties, SLP & UWP always took Laborie for granted.

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  8. Some us jus need to stop thinkin outside the box stop bein fools hasn't he be doin enough, like sumone jus stated he eh drinkin with urll in the bar or maybe urll went beggin for some sort of money for useless doings common give him a break tts why we lucians never get far...smfh

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    • YOU DO NOT KNOW HIM. ALL WHAT YOU HAVE SAID THERE IS REALLY WHAT HE WAS DOING EVEN WHEN HE WAS AN MP IN OPPOSITION. TIME WILL TELL.

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  9. u idiots. all flambeaus again. small brains in a 16 x 16 box. next election, he will still win. so what? he is on the world stage making a case which is valid n u all have nothing better to say? wa happen? he aint drinking in bar with u, or since u begged him for a constituency project, u didnt get it

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  10. AA d man get fertilizer from morocco, wham to you'll LMAO. I hope Jnpierre can whoop his behind next polls.

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  11. He is just talk, with very little action. SLP is in power, but he still doesn't do much for his constituency. But we'll see what will happen about a year before elections. Right before elections in 2006, they had the Bay Street road rebuilt in concrete, which now has it where ALMOST the entire route 2 vehicles can't even pass next to each other. Also, the bridge heading to Banse/LaGrace was in dire need of repair. It didn't have to take elections to have the bridge rebuilt. It was a safety hazard. Yet his supporters rejoicing he did something for Laborie. 2 fricking lousy things he did in about 5 years. Since last elections, what has he done for his constituency? Oh, I know, he commissioned the repaving and widening, by about ONE foot, of a road leading to Mar. In my humble OPINION, Laborie needs a better representative.

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  12. Some bold-faced politicians posture on the international stage and readily prescribe solution on North-South issues. However, in their own home country, they are famous not for their intelligence but for engineering and encouraging conflict. They target the family, stir division in opposition party and in various communities. They even act seditiously by declaring themselves and the constituency they represent as republic.

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  13. All mate is good for is to talk Majee--
    When was the last time you sent some jobs back to our shores. Choops!!

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      • I am already doing that. I am planting so much breadfruit that not even the government have enough boats for me to export it abroad.
        In your own reality we all should be happy with the performance of this government and not complain. Really? I did not promise better days the SLP did!!

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