PM refused to meet with Falklands legislators

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – It was not  because of a busy schedule why Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves did not meet last week with two legislators from the Falkland Islands who visited this country as part of a regional sensitization campaign about their quest for self-determination.

The legislators, Roger Edwards and Sharon Halford, were accompanied by Deputy British High Commissioner for this country, Karl Burrows. The Falklands, a group of islands near Argentina, is a  British territory at the heart of a territorial dispute between the United Kingdom and Argentina.

Gonsalves told reporters this week that a senior official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had come to him to try to schedule a meting with the legislators, having received a request. Minister of Foreign Affairs Sen. Douglas Slater and his permanent secretary were in Caracas at the time.

“So, the first thing I asked the senior official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ‘On what juridical basis two legislators from a colonial assembly want to see the prime minister of an independent country?’ … Because if you come to see me, before we could discuss a matter that is occupying the international community, or at least a section of it … I asked the question,” Gonsalves said.

To illustrate his point, Gonsalves said the British government has to permit the chief minister of Montserrat, a British territory, to meet with the prime minister of Canada and write to Canada saying it has granted such permission.

“So I inquired what communication had come to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and I was told that a normal diplomatic note had come from the High Commission in Barbados,” Gonsalves said.

“Well, in those circumstances, with great respect, a normal diplomatic note will not suffice,” Gonsalves added.

The Falkland Island legislators last week met with the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), whose vice-president, legislator St. Clair Leacock, said that the government had refused to meet with the delegation, which had travelled so far to come here.

“And when I see somebody say that they have come here, that somebody apparently take up the ‘cudgel’ …” Gonsalves said.

“I didn’t tell them to come from far to come and see me. I did not make any arrangement to tell them when they are over there to come. They decided that they are going to come to the Caribbean. That’s fine. And we welcome them here,” Gonsalves further stated.

“It is true that there was a scheduling problem, because they were coming here when the Foreign Minister was away and there was Cabinet and then I was chairing OECS meetings. But please, don’t have me hide behind schedule because I am not hiding behind schedule.”

The Prime Minister said he would be willing to speak with the British Foreign Secretary or the British High Commissioner about the Falkland issue.

“I don’t think the British Commissioner came with them. Some other official in the totem pole, somewhere down below could walk into the prime minister office with two members of a colonial legislator? This is not arrogance you know. As you know, I see the humblest person in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. … But I am the prime minister of an independent country and there are certain protocols, which must be satisfied when you are dealing with relations between countries,” he added.

Gonsalves was among CARICOM leaders to approve at the recent meeting of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) a resolution supporting a decision by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay to ban Falkland Islands-flagged ships from sailing to their points.

Gonsalves said last week that the agreement was “symbolic” noting that Falkland Islands ships do not come here.

Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace, commenting on Monday on the visit of the Falkland Islands legislators, say he found it strange that they were unable to meet with the government.

“… I think the government is embarrassed by the decision they took with ALBA …” Eustace said noting that it was the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs that contacted the opposition about the visit of the Falkland legislators.

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10 thoughts on “PM refused to meet with Falklands legislators

  1. If these people turned up from somewhere that money could flow to the airport, he would of seen them the day before they arrived.

    To see them may of been against ALBA regulations, or at the least pissed off Chavez, the Marxist lunatic.

    I am sure Gonsalves did SVG a great favour in not seeing them when accompanied by the Deputy British Representative.

    British Embassy in Barbados, stop the flow of EU funds to this Marxist ULP SVG regime.

    Gonsalves quit all your diplomatic crap and jargon, we see the picture clearly.


    Posted by Peter | February 15, 2012, 08:11
  2. Our PM is not like Eustace, WEAK or a COWARDICE.

    He is not SHAKING in booths WORRYING about America will, or in this case, what will Britain say.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | February 15, 2012, 08:59
  3. Pshhh – oh please! Our Caribbean leaders are so full of it going on with these pretensions and delusions of grandeur when they lead countries the size of small towns.

    On the one hand, they want all the pomp and circumstance of a real world leader and on the other hand, every two minutes they’re holding out their hand begging for libraries, computers and the like from whichever democratic state or tin pot dictator is willing to give it.

    You want to be mendicant and be treated like a serious world leader at the same time? Impossible! This is why we need one Caribbean nation – a country of actual respectable size and influence that doesn’t always have its begging bowl out can expected to be treated seriously.

    Otherwise, get off it.

    Posted by Island Girl | February 15, 2012, 09:23
  4. VINCYPOWA, your showing your stupidity again, I hope the Prof gives you another lesson. Its great that you now regard him as your superior.


    Posted by Peter | February 15, 2012, 19:19
  5. It seems like typing, using a phone, appears to omit certain words that I thought I typed. Nevertheless, I will redo it, just to make sure that this was not the case.

    Our PM is not like Eustace, WEAK or COWARDICE.

    He is not SHAKING in his booths WORRYING about what America will say, or in this case, what Britain will say.

    He is showing that he is a STRONG and DECISIVE LEADER and that is why the MAJORITY of Vincentians is PROUD to have Dr. Ralph Gonsalves as the PRIME MINISTER of this BLESSED NATION called St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

    Peter, from the looks of your comment, clearly you are LIVING on FANTASY ISLAND.

    Posted by vincypowa | February 16, 2012, 13:44
  6. VincyPowa, its boots not booths you uneducated dunce, once is a mistake, twice is the sign of severe Unity Liars Party duncicity.

    Cowardice is a ULP trait, its their best quality, the other qualities are even worse. The leader is the biggest coward, frightened of his own shadow, surrounded by dozens of body guards. He claims the people love him, its strange Gadhafi had the same beliefs.

    Unlike you I am not a supporter of an evil Marxist regime, and I get no money to support them like you do. Don’t you just hate us people who expose the truth, us anti scum brigade in the pay of no one.

    Well my paid collaborator fool, you can look forward to the Prof instructing and informing you in your ignorance, ’O’ poor drivelling Marxist fool.

    Message from Caliaqua, “pay us back our money“.

    Posted by Peter | February 17, 2012, 05:12
  7. Peter, if your only critique is that of a trivial typo (brain spelled it correctly, fingers typed it incorrectly or the smartphone entered a word that is similar to the one that I typed, because it is not in its spell check memory), and you’re likely to see more, then it simply means that the substance of my posts are on POINT.

    By the way, Peter, there is NO NEED to get FRUSTRATED or FLUSTERED, because I am sure you will find someone who will agree with your GROUNDHOG DAY prattles and IRRELEVANT statements, one of these MONTHS

    Posted by vincypowa | February 17, 2012, 17:06
  8. VincyPowa, I accept your apolgy, although it is a coded message.

    Your a broken man, the Prof has seen to that. I notice you have stopped using the word BUB when your upset and also that you have started using a replacement word in some of your other postings. I hate to see you grovel so I will let your stupidity pass me by for now.

    Oh and by the way, I miss your stars that you were using.

    If you want to know where the Falklands are just ask.

    Posted by Peter | February 18, 2012, 22:58
  9. Peter, all I have to say is that you’re DELUSIONAL, period.

    Posted by vincypowa | February 19, 2012, 12:20
  10. How did you find to spell delusional? my demagogic friend. and worshipper of the ULP demigod of Marxism.

    Posted by Peter | February 25, 2012, 15:12

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