PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party has described Allen Chastanet’s comments on the divorce case against Dr. Juffali as opportunistic and ill-considered, particularly as they relate to a civil case where neither the Government of Saint Lucia nor that of the United Kingdom can become directly involved.
The Party is of the view that the Leader of the UWP’s has demonstrated a lack of judgment and immaturity by publicly denouncing a Saint Lucian diplomat through the media. The SLP advises Mr. Chastanet to quickly learn the ways and means of diplomacy and the conduct of statecraft if he is to be taken seriously as a political leader.
The Labour Party believes that Ambassador Juffali has been specifically tasked with promoting Saint Lucia’s economic interests and is a strategic appointment that brings to the table considerable experience in wealth creation and with it unique access to international capital. This is a valuable tool in our Nation’s drive to project itself to a new audience of potential partners.
Saint Lucia is faced with the challenge of increasing its diplomatic and commercial strength in an increasingly competitive global market and needs within its diplomatic arsenal those with a specific capacity to access and deliver investment capital. Whilst Saint Lucia’s economic growth may not be in the short-term political interests of the UWP, they are in the national interest.
It is a matter of regret that the Leader of the UWP has allowed his comments to be used in the domestic and British Media without first having made any attempt to seek clarification on the role and the undertakings of Dr Juffali, or without having the courtesy of advising him of his intention to attack him publicly. It should be noted, in this regard that Dr Juffali is in no position to respond to such attacks as an apolitical appointee.
The SLP notes that the Foreign Policy Review process and Report highlighted the need to move towards Commercial Diplomacy and the UWP neither objected to nor made any comment on this during the consultation process.
The SLP points out that it is the depths of hypocrisy from Chastanet and the UWP to criticise Dr. Juffali’s appointment as the UWP itself appointed a number of persons who to this day have not been made public. The SLP calls on the Prime Minister to publicly announce all the persons who were appointed by the UWP administration and specifically those who were appointed by Mr. Chastanet.