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.