The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has vowed to continue with its agitation campaign until the government gets the best possible deal from the Desert Star Holding (DSH) agreement.
Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Ernest Hilaire told a press conference on Wednesday (Jan.18) that the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is obligated to advocate and ask questions about project on behalf of the people.
“In the coming weeks, we will intensify, to ensure that there is no DSH, unless certain offensive clauses are renegotiated,” he said.
The Castries South MP told media operatives that while he is pleased to hear that the government is in touch with the developer and is looking to renegotiate certain clauses, he would like to see that they remain transparent.
“Maybe to some extent we are making progress as an opposition and civic groups, in raising concerns that this is a bad agreement.”
However, Dr. Hilaire said the government has been telling some “untruths.”
Questioned as to whether members of the SLP are willing to meet and discuss the issues raised with the government, he said, “I would want to believe that if the government wishes to have a dialogue with the opposition on DSH such can take place.”
However, the former Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) chairman noted that, “You as an opposition cannot force the government to come to you and speak to you.”
Dr. Hilaire said if there were any such discussions to take place, the SLP will start with the fundamental principle that “we believe the agreement as it is a bad agreement for the island and there are lot of changes that should be made.”
The SLP said they commenced negotiations on this project but did not rush to sign any agreement because they felt that it was not a good enough deal for Saint Lucia.
The party says that there are still many unanswered questions which they hope the government could answer.