Opposition leader not invited to meet with Taiwan’s foreign minister, UWP alleges

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Opposition leader not invited to meet with Taiwan’s foreign minister, UWP alleges
Stephenson King
Opposition Leader Stephenson King

Below is a press statement in its entirety from the United Workers Party

The Opposition United Workers Party wishes to set the record straight by stating that the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Mr. David Y. L. Lin, never paid the customary “courtesy call” or meet “officially” with the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Stephenson King, during his recent visit here in Saint Lucia.

The Office of the Leader of the Opposition has indicated that it became aware; by way of media reports, that the Hon. David Lin, paid courtesy visits on Her Excellency the Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy; the Hon. Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony; and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Alva Baptiste, which is custom protocol. However, it is our understanding that the Hon. David Lin also met with the President of the Senate, Claudius Francis and the House Speaker, Peter Foster Q.C. but not Hon. Stephenson King.

The closest the Leader of the Opposition was able to get to the Foreign Minister, was at a dinner; hosted by Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony in honour of Mr. Lin, which the Leader of the Opposition graciously attended, as a mark of respect to the foreign dignitary on the evening of Thursday 31st January, 2013. Several other government officials also attended the dinner.  Therefore, in Mr. King’s official capacity, as the Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, he was never allowed the opportunity of a courtesy call by the Hon. David Lin.

The Leader of the Opposition is unaware of any incidents or positions taken by him, which would lead Ministry Officials to have him taken off the protocol list. Infact Mr. King has not displayed any actions or expressed any sentiments similar to that of his predecessor, Dr. Kenny Anthony, who refused to meet with any Taiwanese Foreign officials during his tenure as Leader of the Opposition between 2006 and 2011.

The Leader of the Opposition stated categorically that he harbors no ill feelings whatsoever towards; neither the Government nor people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and he is always willing and able to meet with officials, and remains steadfast in his support for that country, which diplomatic ties were restored with, under the last UWP-Administration in 2007.

The United Workers Party remains puzzled as to this turn of events, and would wish for the relevant authorities to explain this diplomatic blunder!

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Get Ready for General Elections that's what UWP should start doing not complaning about petty stuff

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  2. UWP Should start get Rid of King and get a New Leader to start preparing for the next General Election which will be very soon, King just dere crying about petty things instead of getting ready to replace Kenny any time from now cause the things he doing poor lucians he will not last five years

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  3. the only thing is that i am glad to be informed of the circus that is going on in this country. all in all, these guys are all the same, clenching for power so that they can enjoy the luxuries of the government and people of st lucia.

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  4. if you looking for a prime minister who disrespects people, it is Kenny Anthony. we all remember, the disrespect shown to timothy poleon, where Kenny called timothy a media terrorist. Kenny Anthony called George Odlum, The Great Satan. He Disrespected St. Lucians By Telling The Criminals To Give The People Of St.Lucia A Break For Christmas. This Is, What You Call Total Disrespect.

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  5. WATEVA KING HVE U NOTHING TO DO DATS WAT UR'LL MAKING A PROBLEM OF IF HIM MEETING MKES U FEEL MORE IMPORTANT DEN U HVE ALOT OF WORK TO DO ON UR SELF ESTEEM

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      • who said dey were fool it is assholes like u who always mke a problem out of everything dnt know how to move on

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    • You are truly a Lucian girl from the Balka Community according to Cokes.I really want to unread your untelligent comment bad grammar and all, oh by the way who the hell are you shouting at? Sackway in yowa get yourself a Thesaurus.

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  6. When you were Prime Minister and Kenny was leader of the opposition you disrespected him in so many ways, now you in opposition you coming and cry.

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  7. its a shame and disappointing to see the behavior of this labour government. everything in st.lucia has gone down the drain. even, respecting protocol has suddenly, too gone down the drain. this labour government is thin skin, petty, and vindictive. I am not surprise, at all, that a courtesy call was not extended to the leader of the opposition. shame on this labour government.

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  8. Here we go...politics AGAIN! Both sides are really dealing their political hands well and the local public is eating it up!

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