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the United Nations Charter’ which clearly states that the period of non-payment before a country’s voting rights can be withdrawn is two (2) years.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.