Thursday, June 21, 2012 – Prime Minister Honourable Dr Kenny D. Anthony says the Government of Saint Lucia will not be rushed into making a decision on its foreign policy as it relates to China/Taiwan relations.
Instead the Prime Minister says government`s decision will be a prudent one which is in the interest of Saint Lucia.
In response to questions from reporters, Dr Anthony disclosed that his administration is awaiting the report from the Foreign Policy Review committee which will guide the decision process.
“The Government of St Lucia is looking at all its options and we will articulate a clearer position when we receive a report from the committee which the government set up and an appropriate announcement will be make in time. As soon as the report is presented and government has studied the report, a decision will be made but the Government of Saint Lucia will not be forced into making any decision and we have always made our position very clear”.
The Foreign Policy Review Committee is headed by former Prime Minister Dr Vaughn Lewis.
Meantime Prime Minister Anthony has also disclosed that constitutional reform is still high on government`s agenda.
“We are now in discussions with the Speaker of the House of Assembly and President of the Senate to lay the report of the Constitutional Review Committee in Parliament at an appropriate time. Those discussions are not finalised and I am hoping in the next couple of weeks we will be able to conform but the arrangement will be firstly for Parliament to receive the report and then the discussions will commence”.
During his interview with the members of the local press, Prime Minister Anthony also noted that government has held discussions with the developers of the stalled Le Paradis project on the east coast and have agreed to a possible approach to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago regarding the future of the development.
The Le Paradis project is tied to the CLICO debacle as the company provided initial financing for the investment.
Once CLICO collapsed in Trinidad and Barbados it meant the Central Bank in Trinidad and Tobago holds the interest of the funds to the hotel developer.
Prime Minister Anthony explains that any negotiations or discussions on the future of the Le Paradis project must take place between the developers and the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.