Saint Lucians who witness the atrocities of the Syrian regime against its people are curious about the position of their government in relation to the Syrian conflict given St. Lucia’s membership of ALBA.
This is in light of the recent foreign policy review which was conducted by a committee headed by Dr. Vaughn Lewis. It is well established that the ALBA alliance is resolute in their support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad of Syria given the fact that Syria has observer status in ALBA.
During a February 2012 meeting of ALBA territories, the leftist bloc issued a statement which stated as follows: “The heads of state and government of the Bolivarian Alliance (ALBA) reiterate their condemnation of the systematic policy of interference and destabilization in the brother Arab Republic of Syria which (the policy) intends to impose by force on the Syrian people a change in rulers, ……”.
In a press conference held on October 10, 2011 with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al Moallem, members of an ALBA delegation which visited Syria as a show of support denounced what they called a “conspiracy” against the Syrian government and blasted the “expansionist intentions of the US and its allies and their attempts to destabilize Syria”.
It is well known that one of the leading ALBA member territories has been making shipments of oil to the Syrian regime as a demonstration of the policy of support. We now know of the eminent US strike against Syria following the heartless snuffing out of almost 1,500 lives in a Damascus suburb last week by the Assad regime through the use of chemical munitions.
Against this scenario, the government of Saint Lucia is called upon to indicate where it stands with respect to the Syrian crisis. Are we supportive of America and the sentiments of most Saint Lucians to do something about the suffering of the Syrian people at the hands of the ruthless Assad regime?
Or are we standing in solidarity with our ALBA comrades in propping up the murderous Syrian regime? Perhaps this might be a good opportunity for the external affairs minister to revisit his: “Not over my dead body” statement.