UWP asks: Why the secrecy on ALBA?

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UWP asks: Why the secrecy on ALBA?

The United Workers Party (UWP) notes that to date neither the prime minister nor minister with responsibility for external affairs has seen the need to explain to the citizens of Saint Lucia their rationale for joining ALBA and to facilitate open dialogue on such a critical matter.

In light of the fact that there was no public consultation with key stakeholders, such as the private sector and civil society, and nor was ALBA debated in Saint Lucia’s House of Parliament before the government of Saint Lucia took that major foreign policy shift, we call on minister of finance and the minster responsible for foreign relations to explain to the people of Saint Lucia their justification for joining ALBA.

This is of particular concern given the rising tensions between the USA and ALBA member states, prompting recent heightened security measures by the USA, evidenced by its recent denial to an aircraft carrying Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to use its airspace over Puerto Rico.

Has the government of Saint Lucia adequately assessed the implications of our membership in ALBA? Has the government thoroughly thought this through and how this will affect our relations with existing friends and allies in the international community such as the United States of America and the United Kingdom?

Saint Lucia’s voting pattern in the United Nations demonstrate that Saint Lucia is voting along with ALBA countries and not with the USA as had obtained previously.

Does the government of Saint Lucia clearly understand the ramifications of a distinct change in its voting pattern in the UN and foreign policy posture? This is especially poignant as we observe increased tensions between the USA and Syria (an Observer Member of ALBA). Of even greater concern is the call by ALBA member Bolivian President Evo Morales to CELAC member states (of which Saint Lucia is a member) to follow with reprisal measures by: “withdrawing their ambassadors to the US” and “boycott the next meeting of the UN”.

The government of Saint Lucia owes it to the citizens of this land to show transparency and accountability and to provide reasoned explanations for assuming a major foreign policy shift, without going through the proper channels for so doing. This raises a huge red flag and MUST be attended to by the government of Saint Lucia with due urgency.

The government of Saint Lucia must bring some comfort to our citizens who remain concerned about our un-explained alliance with a bloc of nations which at this time do not share a common philosophy and whose political ethos is at odds with ours on important matters of politics, security, economics and human rights.

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  1. I really wonder what it is that this red and yellow has done to our country. We care so little about the issues of national importance yet we place so much emphasis in supporting "de partie". Of course the prime minister needs to explain matters of national interest to the people. He needs to state his position his reason and if needs be allow for public dialogue to make an informed decision. That is how a democracy functions. We have so many issues of national importance yet we busy playing yellow and red with it. I am especially disappointed with the current administration after ringing the words accountability and transparency so much while in opposition now they are elected and all of a sudden it is selective accountability and transparency. I am so fed up of the nonsense in this place with politicians doing and saying as the please. Yes the government needs table all the information about the arrangement specific to st luica with ALBA. We the people demand as it is our Right To Know. At the end of their reign in office we need to pass on to our future generations a proud legacy. If we love our children like we claim to let us ensure they inherit a Proud, prosperous,safe, economically viable and educated st lucia. The only way we can do that is to monitor polices implemented today that affect tomorrow.

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  2. Eddy Sanches,
    The questions asked by you can easily be answered by Kenny Anthony.
    Isn't it strange that you would like the opposition leader(I hope i got that right.Your grammar,spelling and sentence structure is terrible)to state his position on Reginal and international issues and yet you are upset with people ask KENNY ANYTHONY similar questions.Of the two,Kenny ANTHONY is the one who must answer because he is the prime minister.He is the one currently taking decisions on our behalf,therefore he must continuously give the nation accounts of his stewardship.
    By the way,are you aware that Kenny Anthony is currently trying to establish a committee to create a vision,mission and national plan for the country.This means that he is presently operating without one.Shouldn't you be very concerned about such a situation?

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  3. Desma,
    Highly educated people do not say things as they see it without supporting facts.Otherwise
    they are not taken seriously.
    Please list out the issues that you consider important.This list would give me an in-sight into your thinking ,and thereby analyse you level of intelligence.
    Given your writings you seem to posess very little.
    I think you are at grade seven proficiency.

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  4. So what St Lucia is not voting with US and UK?
    The US and UK have been training and supplying arms to the “rebels” that are killing innocent people in Syria everyday for two years now.
    You really want your govt to vote FOR that?
    Freedom and independence is wasted on some folks.

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  5. I also see that the Visa Revocation issue has taken a back seat. Wonder how many people voted on that issue. It was an issue then but it isn't now. Wikileaks says alot about it. Has the Prime Minister and the Minister of National Security stopped asking? Or it doesn't matter now that he is a BETTER position to know? Lucians stop spitting in your own face and calling it snown flakes.

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  6. I for one would like to know the deal which the SLP has with China. Remember our Foreign MINister went there with a delgation? Then the moronic issue was about in what capacity did he go there as. Question: if god forbade an something went wrong while he was there (terrorism, death etc..) who would he then be decribed as? Alva Baptiste? Lucians stop spitting in the sky and saying don't dig nothing because it is our own spit. Wonder if the deal was to allow relations with Taiwan in exchange for having a Chineese restaurant on every street in Castries? Or how much money did the SLP receive? Then what was the purpose of the SLP's trip? We need to know.

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  7. Desma - why don't you address the points raised to you rather than attack the individual. Come on, pray tell us of your deep seated knowledge on ALBA - we are all ears.

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  8. No such thing as a free lunch. The only thing lucians (tj) are good at is sticking their hands out. You'll get what you deserve by not educating yourself.

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  9. The UWp in five years couldn't Instead of taking the Taiwanese money and spend it in their constituency they pocketed it, Now they become expert on foreign policy, When they accomplish nothing, They Borrowed millions, how much million was given to each constituency, Millions after Debbie, Millions for St Jude, Where did it went to and did St Lucia benefitted or those in power benefitted.
    Now if The Politcal leader is talking He has to tell us What are his stands on issues, Regionally and Internationally,
    If he was to be elected, Will he do away with the Alba Agreement, and what will be his plan b to help the economy in st lucia.

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  10. ALBA is not CHEAP nor FREE Oil! Get that out of your heads! It is not. By the comments on this article by Desma and TJ you two are actually reinforcing the need for this present government to come out and explain the programs in FULL-Detail.

    Venezuela is a member of OPEC and cannot sell OIL below market prices.

    All PetroCaribe is - a deal where Caribbean governments can buy Oil on CREDIT. And for the ignorant - just like you do at COURTS St Lucia. Take now and pay later, or gradually; with Interest! That is all it is.

    SO ones government if significantly CASH-strapped can get to do other things with money instead of paying your bills upfront. In this case the bill would be - the COSTS to import OIL!

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  11. If an explanation on ALBA was given, do you think we would be having such ignorant discussion on such important issues? Why should someone ask "Who cares about the US and UK?" The majority of our tourist comes from USA and UK and tourism is the biggest money earner for our small island.That is where most St Lucian are employed. Where do our St Lucian migrate to? Please let us pray that the Americans don't put an embargo on St Lucia. I am awaiting with fear, to see how St Lucia will vote at the coming UN meeting. We must tell the PM do not boycott the next UN Meeting or vote with ALBA.

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  12. smh that's if yall uwp supporters know what ALBA is? do your research its cheap oil almost all Caribbean countries have joined we're the last and who cares about the US or Uk they don't give a damn about us negros here in the Caribbean

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    • Look at ignorance. Cheap oil? From where? Oil is sold at world market prices from petrocaribe but payments are made as a long term loan with low interest. So it eh so cheap at all as you still have to pay interest on top of the market price. Also I would hardly call 4 countries out of over 20 in the Caribbean almost all. Educate yourself.

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  13. Desma,
    Since you are so intelligent,tell them about the ALBA story and its stupidity and then they would realise it is a stupid story and they would stop asking and talking about it. How pathetic.
    By the way if you knew anything about ALBA you would not call the the ALBA ORGANIZATION a stupid story.
    Find the time to educate yourself.

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  14. Desma, you should be concerned about our country's foreign policy. Especially since we have not been kept in the loop. All the Opposition is asking the Government to do is to clear the air on the matter. I don't see anything wrong with that. Do you?

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  15. YOU PEOPLE SHOULD REALLY FIND WORK TO DO. EVERYTIME IS A STUPID ALBA STORY YOU ALL COMING AND ASK OR TALK ABOUT.

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  16. Once Kenny anthony is involved in governing of our little island St. Lucia its like we the people have no say.... Come on ALBA really who would take that risk knowing what can happen with USA and UK... This man really needs to go.... for sure bitter days are here.

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    • Harry why don't you go to hell. I say it how I see it. There are more important issues to talk about so I do not give a dam with the shit you wrote. For your information, I am highly educated, but what's about you? I guess you are just a parrot repeating what you hear. Find a life, and you are the one that should go and educate yourself. IDIOT

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