Opposition leader demands apology and calls for resignation of St. Lucia’s UN ambassador

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Opposition leader demands apology and calls for resignation of St. Lucia’s UN ambassador
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Below is a statement from the leader of the Opposition

Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Stephenson King, views with great intrigue and dismay the recent revelations by Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony during a town hall meeting in Toronto on the matter of the withdrawal of Saint Lucia’s voting rights at the United Nations.

During the meeting, held on Sunday, March 10, 2013 with Saint Lucians in the Canadian Diaspora, Prime Minister Anthony, in responding to a question from the audience, declared that the embarrassment of the loss of Saint Lucia’s voting rights at the United Nations was due to “an administrative deficiency”.

This recent admission by the prime minister exposes major short-comings within both the administration he heads and appointments he has made since coming into office.

Dr. Kenny Anthony had no choice but to face up to the fact that his administration was responsible for this major embarrassment to our nation’s image internationally, only after the pertinent facts were disclosed in a press statement from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition dated February 28, 2013, and by information contained on the United Nations website.

Now that the truth on this matter has come to light, Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Stephenson King, requests apologies from both UN Ambassador Ms. Menissa Rambally and Minister for External Affairs, Hon. Alva Baptiste, who both suggested that the UN voting rights debacle was due solely to failures on the part of the last UWP administration to honour relevant payments to the United Nations.

Saint Lucians will remember Ambassador Rambally’s shameful and unbecoming political charade on national radio and television, during which time she attempted to lay full blame for the unfortunate development at the feet of the last Stephenson King administration.

The Minister for External Affairs, also during a media interview on February 28th, 2013 stated that: “…. Before you can lose your voting rights at the UN you would have had been delinquent for three (3) years ….”.  It is clear that this statement which was calculated to mislead the general public was at variance with the facts reflected within ‘Article 17 paragraph 2 of the United Nations Charter’ which clearly states that the period of non-payment before a country’s voting rights can be withdrawn is two (2) years. This therefore represents the period 2011 to 2012. (Ref. UN Website links:  http://www.un.org/en/ga/contributions/index.shtml and http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/67/693 ).

Given this latest declaration made by the prime minister to the diaspora in Canada, the Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Hon. Stephenson King, reiterates his earlier calls for the immediate resignation or dismissal of Saint Lucia’s UN Ambassador, Ms. Menissa Rambally, as she should be held directly responsible for this diplomatic embarrassment caused to the government and people of Saint Lucia.

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  1. 758.ca - is that a joke? She's a joke. And unfortunately because of her being over promoted, st Lucia is now a joke.

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  2. Lmao @ ding...ask 758.ca a labour supporter living in Canada.758.ca knows everything lmao.If life is so sweet why doesn't he/she move back home to live a life of luxury with the Labour Party?lol. Better Days,why stay in Canada & be raped by the Canadian Government just to say you have Papers?!....758.ca Answer my questions too while you answer Dings.

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  3. 758.ca. The last Administration has absolutely no responsibility for this. The Elections was in November, 2011. The period which the dues cover runs from January to December each year. Therefore we lapsed for two years - 2011 to 2012 hence the lost of our voting rights. This is what the PM means by "Administrative Deficiency". Fully the responsibility of the current Government. This is embarrassing. Menissa should resign or be fired forthwith.

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  4. U did not tell me y she got that job is it because her name is rambally hello talk to me IAm waiting for your response

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  5. I find it very strange that a UN ambassador would be so quick to wrongly accuse the opposition before herself finding out the reason for the non-payment of dues. This is just a reflection of the 'dirtyness' of St. Lucian politics. While I don't think she should resign, I do think she should do the honourable thing and apologise, But I wont hold my breath for that.

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  6. My take on this whole thing is simple, Thou I am sorry that this had to happen, and that is something that is rather pertinent to the country's image both locally and internationally. I will add that I am very surprise to hear Mr. King Blab his mouth today on resignation of a public officer on misconduct, If my memory serves me right and not to long ago, Mr. Richard Fredrick lost his diplomatic passport and visa, and Mr. King stood on national television speaking of not having or knowing information to that effect. Wasn't that a national embarrassment along with all the scandals and allegations that followed? I am sure that UN dues not only fault of the S.L.P administration but rather of both, seeing that elections was towards the end of December 2011 and it would be the U.W.P responsibilities and there after it is or was that of the S.L.P.

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  7. some one needs to answer to this stlucia u need an answer lady rambally have her return home and answer to this dismay.

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  8. can someone tell me how did she got that job is it because her name is rambally do they own stlucia

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    • I am sure she got the job for various reasons including being non-judgmental, none bias, and qualified along with qualifications to represent St Lucia as appose to here opponent

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