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Former Minister Sarah Flood-Beaubrun.

(CMC) — The St Lucia Government says the location of a foreign mission is solely a decision for a sovereign country to make as Caribbean countries continue to explain their differing positions on Thursday’s non-bind United Nations resolution that called upon all states to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

St Lucia was one of two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries absent when the vote was taken on whether or not to support the decision by the United States to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

No CARICOM country was in support of the US move with Washington gaining the nod from Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.

However, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago were among the 35 countries that abstained during the vote, while Barbados, Belize, Dominica Grenada, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname were among the 128 countries that voted in favour of the resolution. Foreign Affairs Minister Sarah Flood-Beaubrun said St Lucia’s absence from the vote was unrelated to a threat issued by United States President Donald Trump that Washington would re-consider its relationship that supported the resolution.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, had also warned that she would be “taking names” of those countries that voted in support of the resolution.

“The United States will remember this day, on which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation.

But Flood-Beaubrun told an online publication (;) that Castries was of the opinion that the matter of the location of a foreign mission is solely a decision for a sovereign country to make.

“In any event, on the Israeli-Palestinian question, both sides are claiming exclusivity and the matter is primarily for the parties themselves to decide,” she added.

Barbados, Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago have been outlining the reasons for their positions on the vote while St Vincent and the Grenadines had outlined its position before the matter came to the United Nations.

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  1. Pwet: if only it was as easy as that, but men are so spiritually blinded they can't see
    beyond their noses. What's going on there is the buildup of something pretty nasty to
    come and all humanity will pay for it. Folks in St.Lucia, better start building some underground
    shelter; the fallout will cover the whole Globe. The E.U. are smart they know it but are keeping
    quiet and diplomatic about it. They know that there's a person out there who shoots his mouth
    often without thinking: since it has been revealed to those with an ear to hear, and have been
    watching for a signal - for that person to stand 'where he should not' and to utter somethings He
    'should not' then spiritual eyes at that time will be opened, and Israel will realize, alas they have
    been taken; all hell breaks loose; can you see it or are you still without knowledge and understanding.
    Unbeknownst to Sarah, St.Lucia was being spared when either by design or by accident, she didn't
    vote. Don't look at such international matters just with human eyes, but maybe because of her
    trust in the Almighty we are covered by Him. Do yourselves a favour, leave politics out of it for a change.

  2. Israel and Palestine have been fighting since times immemorial. When David killed Goliath it caused a big ruckus, but there was no UN to call a vote on the suspicious circumstances surrounding Goliath's death and David's alleged involvement in the murder.

    Since Israel and Palestine (to no surprise) have found themselves here once again, I say we go back to the old ways. Israel will offer up their best man and Palestine offer up their best man and have a fight to the death.

    Enough with these votes which do nothing. Have a death match. Then the issue will be settled in 5 mins and we may even get an HBO series from it, who knows.

    • Israel (as exists today) didn't even exist 100 years ago.

      • Since the satirical undertones of the post seemed to have eluded you, I would like to point out that the Isreal today occupies the same geographical region as the Ancient Isreal/Judea. Furthermore, its occupants are descendants of ancient Israel/Judea.

        -A free history lesson brought to you by Pwet La.

        • Pwet La, you're on the mark bro/sis. Often times, satire is illusive; please explain the significance of the geographical/historical factors in this matter.

  3. A no vote is a yes vote as far I am concern. Not surprise at all.

  4. Situation concerning Israel is very delicate; the u.s.a. is getting flack from all over
    because it is a matter, damn if you do damn if you don't. You mess with that Hornets
    nest and you will find out. One mistake, just one simple mistake, and you will light up the
    Fuse called Armageddon. You may laugh if you may, but it's a fact. I myself I'm keeping
    my eyes open for one moment - I will let you into what; two persons; the Pope and Trump.
    The Pope I know will not make that mistake, but I don't trust the other person. Look out.
    The one who enters the Temple to address the congregation of the Elders: Look out.

  5. Isn't war entertainment for Jews and Palestinians from past biblical times? So what has changed? Just swords have given way to nuclear bombs. Oh yes. Thousands of years has done that too. So why are we to get involved? Neither the Jews nor the Palestinians railed against the forced enslavement of our African forefathers. They too have remained quite silent on the massacre of blacks. They too are quiet regarding the unjust imprisonment of juvenile blacks for long periods, their imprisonment ending when most are past 50 years old and for non-lethal crimes. Blame the various gods of the peoples of the earth, for having human beings fight their wars for them.

  6. Those barbarians in the Middle East have been at war with each other since before this island was discovered. We have nothing to gain by voting on Middle East issues. They know only war as the solution to their problems. We cannot help them.

  7. Sarah please don't say Castries is of the opinion. Say the government of St Lucia; that who you speak for not Castries. You also chickened out, can't blame you for that,
    according to the media Trump's own staff refer to him as an idiot.

  8. As usual the Labour supporting anti UWP jokers are attacking anything this government does. Sarah Flood outlined a sensible, clear headed intellectual position. The emotional tribal gargoyles still supporting a failed backward anti USA position have watched as our Caribbean countries have imploded their societies with dumb liberal/socialist/communist ideas and policies that only benefit the leaders like those in St Lucia and St Vincent who have become millionaires while pretending to care for the malaway.

    Sarah has repaired our relationship with the USA after Alva's one man cabaway petty running of that ministry.
    We will soon see the benefits!

  9. Just admit your regime is spineless and finish with that.

    Do I hear Amen.

  10. What an embarrassment! among the few countries absent for the vote, st lucia had to be one of them! what you all doing representing people? where is the government? what we paying our tax money for, is it to sit down or get on plane and do little to nothing? sarah have big mouth in LGBt where was her mouth then to be heard? we lucians not stupid as you politricks would like to think, after the whole juffalli volaire scandal putting our name in endless mud everywhere, we looking at what you all doing elsewhere too. vote for palestine! what is wrong with you people? u all still think israel is all that. a bunch of racists towards africans in that place. the US still punishing your police force, so what you all have to lose. the answer is nothing. make you all mouth count where it is supposed too. geez!

  11. Ppl you all eh hear lucian will go to the states without visa.y should we bite the hand that feed us ...some ppl too like to kiss american behind tan

  12. I am not hearing speaking on behalf of the people of Castries, for example you have never spoken on crime in Castries. Like your leader more interested in spending time away from the country.

  13. You gays and lesbians, don't get mad at sarah . Be mad at You all You all selves . How can a man sleep with another man .

  14. What a lame spineless excuse this woman and whoever gives her orders should be ashamed.

  15. Women from U W P will loose their self respect and will never be respected as long as they continue to keep their mouth shut and not speak out. Shame on you Sarah Flood , some of us really looked up to you. Speak now or forever hold your peace.

  16. Madam Minister, the tax payers of St.Lucia pays for somebody to be at the UN to take positions on behalf of the country. We need a better explanation as to why the person was not at work that day. Please come clean.

  17. The threat by the US is serious and so St.Lucia decided to hide. The same way we were bullied into IMPACS. So Madam Minister, just admit the truth rather than that silly reasoning.

  18. Abstention was the proper thing to do. Ignoring that kind of vote was also in order. What's in it for us? Nothing.

  19. I'm not convinced you did not chickened out of voting through fear. You should have turned up stayed and register your vote.

  20. The only reason Sarah ducked the vote is because she does not respect UN precedent policy on Jerusalem remaining an open city, and international law; and had the temerity to compound her cowardice with a blatant lie: “In any event, on the Israeli-Palestinian question, both sides are claiming exclusivity and the matter is primarily for the parties themselves to decide.”

    Trump's announcement of the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a bully move on behalf of the apartheid state of Israel.

    • Saint Lucia did the right thing. Leave the racist zealots on all sides to kill one another, just as they have done from time immemorial.

      We are in the New World. Let the Old World solve Old World problems. They are old but not mature.

      They only understand bloodshed, and animal and human sacrifices. Not much has changed throughout history. Basically animals, they have mentally underdeveloped brain function. They can not reason. God is great.

  21. Unless Madame is persecuting homosexuals or leading an alt-right campaign against abortion , she can't be bothered. Three shot in Castries Central. Stop pontificating. Do your job. Show up. Useless character.

  22. Good call. Lets not piss off the usa. Who cares about the fake "palestinians" anyway.

  23. Sarah I applaud the decision made by St.Lucia and others concerning the u.s.
    and their decision to locate their Diplomatic mission where ever they please.
    The u.s. is a big strong country so let them decide. Let the big boys fight it out.
    During the second world war, for no reason at all, two cargo ships were bombed
    while anchored in our Harbor. We don't want to give any one an excuse for a 911.
    Leave us alone from the big international fights, Barbados can do what they please.

    • Thought you would be smart enough to understand that St.Lucia did not make a decision. It did not vote yes or no. it did not abstain. And is that the extent of your reasoning that since a country or person is strong let them decide. smh. Cowardice to the max!!!!

    • To the Not So smart Fox: They were not at the meeting. Please understand the word abstain versus absent. Your people were not there at all. They did not show up. What a waste! Abstain means something like; I hear you, I understand what you saying, but for now I will hold back and say nothing on your position. Absent I dont need to explain that to you Fox because every preschool child from 2 years onwards know what it means to be absent.

    • Alot of Lucians claim that the US shld have no say in our affairs. Why do u guys accept their aid? Do u Lucians think it comes for free? Yall better ask somebody. No aid from overseas comes for free. Everything has a price attached.

  24. Hold your A** Sarah!!! You did not show up for work because you was too busy doing Christmas Shopping, that’s the only reason you did not vote.


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