St. Lucia loses UN voting rights due to arrears

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St. Lucia loses UN voting rights due to arrears
St. Lucia's Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony delivering an address at the UN General Assembly in 2012. * Photo credit: UN
St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony delivering an address at the UN General Assembly in 2012. * Photo credit: UN

St. Lucia is among four Caribbean countries which are in arrears in the payment of their dues to the United Nations (UN) and are unable to vote at the General Assembly.

At present, St. Lucia owes at least US$35,727 (EC$96,462.9), and as a result, has lost its right to vote at the General Assembly as of February 12, 2103.

Under Article 19 of the UN Charter, a Member State in arrears in the payment of its dues in an amount that equals or exceeds the contributions due for two preceding years can lose its vote.

An exception is allowed if the Member State can show that conditions beyond its control contributed to this inability to pay.

On October 11, 2012, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 67/2 by which it decided that five Member States shall be permitted to vote in the Assembly until the end of its 67th session. The countries are Central African Republic, The Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe and Somalia.

The other Caribbean countries which joined St. Lucia in losing their votes at the UN are Dominica, Grenada and the Dominican Republic.

Other countries worldwide include Venezuela, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone.

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  1. On RCI "NEWS SPIN" today Menissa Rambally came off very arrogant and like a bully desperately trying to explain the unpaid amount to the UN. At one point Timothy had to ask her to hold on several times to get a word in. She first said it was not a matter of being unable to pay the debt but actually inheriting a debt under the previous administration which they were not aware of (how the hell can you guys go over a year without knowing of this debt...square pegs in round holes). Timothy later asked why is it that a year & two months has past and the government has done nothing to settle the debt and she responded government cannot finance all the debts inherited by the last administration all at once...smfh

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    • I want to say thanks to the LPM for being the first to educate us about how poorly the government is adminstering our affairs overseas.
      Give jack his jacket.

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  2. the country seems to be experiencing some serious financial probs yet still ministers getting a raise and dayban unwahjay calling sick out!

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  3. The UN is as 'useless' as Insurance ... until you get into an accident. Can you imagine Haiti without the intervention of the UN? It may not be the most efficient machinery, but there are definite benefits to being in the UN. Grenada and some other countries were able to make their minimum payments, why can't Saint Lucia? The powers that be are too busy lining their pockets....

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  4. What the LPM people said a few weeks ago was prophetic. SLP have eggs on their face for denying the truth about how they operating things.I would fire Alva if I was Kenny.

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  5. no! its our fellow lucians putting us in tht state. all they concerned abt is money in their pockets calling strikes and sick outs and all kind of nonsense because the gov cant afford to give the increase they asking for.

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    • But in your eye it is fair that the government members get a hefty pay rise?????? What is good for the goose should be perfect for the gander. Choops...you must be one of those who got it too. Nothing has been done in the country since thenew administration yet they are being kicked out of the fundamental rights due to s deficit. SMDH

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  6. The way things are going seems to show by 2018 St.Lucia will join the 3rd world countries if the head of state don't pull up their socks. When its election time they say "we working for the people" so now is the time to prove urself , don't let us citizen feel embaras by the mistake ppl in power make!!!!!! So freaking surprise at this. Very low

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    • As always. Blame the previous administration as opposed to trying to see where cuts can be made such as 10 people in a little NY office who hardly serves the people of SLC out there, or ministers travelling first class with their family members, or dignitaies abroard living in expensive parts of town with heavy bills financed by government, and the list goes on.

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  7. The UN is a complely useless entity, and StLucia has lost nothing. I wish the US would also abandon them as they are totally anti american but that will not happen under the present equally useless administration here in the US.

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  8. The UN is completly useless and St. Lucia has lost nothing. I wish the US would kick them out but that will not happen under the useless Obama.

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  9. The UN is a worthless, talking, toothless body that allows genocide to happen everyday, because a few nations have veto power. Ask all the people who've suffered or died because the UN failed to act. The UN is a POS.

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  10. The benefits the government ministers receiving probably amounting to 100gs....cut on theses benefits and pay the UN...as the prime minister said "we need to make sacrifices"..lets start with the ministers...

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    • Brilliantly put. Stop the heavy travelling and in first class with family members...SMDH. Too many overseas post have been created to satisfy friends. Can you imagin SLC have more diplomats abroad than NY. LOL...Little dot like SLC...Mwen mem..What is NY doing with so many positions. And the sad thing is when you go there they do not even have common courtesy let alone a clue. Just trying to walk in High hills and looking stupid. t should be about the country and not POLITICS.

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  11. Is when was the last payment made i want to know and whose responsibility is it to make or ensure the payments are made...???

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  12. Grenada and some other countries paid their arrears before this story was published, and are no longer barred from voting. Check the facts at un.org

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  13. Thats just embarrassing! There are a lot of people in St.lucia driving 96K vehicles on the road. Really St.Lucia??? Oh how we LOVE playing small and INFERIOR among foreigners! What an Embarrassment. I WONDER if Sir JOHN COMPTON was PM...if that financial discrepancy would ever happen. Politicians in LUCIA keep hording all the people's money for your own personal gains....CHOU MOUN PATAY!!!!!!

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    • People have worked or are working for their possessions...this is not the point. They cannot be held accountable for the issues created by the current administration.

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  14. That post said "arrears" Kenny will take care of it but what the hell was the previous UN rep doing?

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