Israel yet to say if it would sign letter protesting diplomat’s arrest

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – This country is expecting to know after the Easter vacation whether Israel will sign “a formal letter of protest” against the March 28 arrest of U.N. Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves.

The nations whose permanent missions are located in the building as this country’s have committed to signing the protest document after a New York Police Department Officer arrested the Vincentian envoy in the lobby of the building.

The arrest might have been provoked by heightened security at the address because of the Israeli mission there.

“The Israeli ambassador has yet to indicate one way or the other whether he will sign the letter. However, he has been engaged with another matter and has not been in the building much over the last week. I would anticipate a post Easter response,” Ambassador Gonsalves told I-Witness News in an email Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said at a media briefing on Tuesday that this country has received support from several U.N. missions as it explores its diplomatic and legal options in seeking redress.

Support has come from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ambassadors to the United Nation and the 32-member Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC).

GRULAC has mandated to follow up the issue through diplomatic channels and that the issue become part of its monthly agenda until it is resolved, the Prime Minister said.

The U.N. ambassadors from several other countries have also expressed their “consternation, solidarity, or willingness to add their voice to any diplomatic action on this issues,” he added.

They include the envoys from India, Australia, the European Union, South Africa, Kenya, the Gambia, Finland, Lithuania, Austria, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Tuvalu, Nauru, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.

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7 thoughts on “Israel yet to say if it would sign letter protesting diplomat’s arrest

  1. Israel signing a letter that could potentially make the host country look bad. The very same home country that is their ally and their biggest supporter in the middle east.Good luck getting them to sign such a thing.

    Posted by blane | April 6, 2012, 16:43
  2. If all this effort is being put into promoting good governance, SVG would be a better place.

    Posted by justice | April 6, 2012, 20:07
  3. You wont get Israel to sign something untrue. Forget it, Mule Gonsalves is 100% responsible for what happened.

    I’ll have a quick word with them. Tell them the real story, without Donkey Gonsalves input.

    Posted by Peter | April 6, 2012, 21:44
  4. Gonslaves, I have stopped calling you Donkey because it hurts the feelings of VINCYPOWA. It was his fault that I started calling you Donkey in the first place. I think he purposely phrased a question to me that caused me to call you Donkey. I have a bad memory so occasionally I may revert to calling you Donkey. Its kind of strange but Donkey has become a kind of endearment of you. I once had a friend who was called Donkey, different reason to why your called Donkey, it was said to be the size of a chimpanzees arm. Now we know from reported encounters
    that could not be your problem, in fact exactly the opposite. I feel dreadful now.

    Donkey Donkey Donkey, wow I feel much better already.

    Just a thought, why not put a protest in about the Israeli presence in the building where Mule Gonsalves works. Perhaps if the Israelis weren’t in our building the barriers would not be there and Mule would not have got into a scuffle with the police officer, yes its got to be the fault of the Israelis. Sue the landlords of the office for being downright unthoughtful. Give the NYPD police officer a job in SVG to train Francis of Assisi, in what happens when you move barriers and cones. Then everyone will be happy.

    Isn’t that a great idea, sue the landlord, then everyone except the landlord will be happy.

    Got to go I find the sound of a braying Donkey rather depressing.

    By BUB.

    Posted by Peter | April 8, 2012, 22:28
  5. If they reduce security and the israeli diplomats get killed guess who is to blame?Isn’t iran a member of the “coaition of the willing to lend us money to build an airport”?Don’t they want to wipe israel off the map?Seriously though wth many of the iranian nuclear scientists getting “mysteriously” assassinated,iran might want to pay back israel..The israelis have more important things to worry about than some spoiled kid getting disciplined,the one good thing about Camillo being ambassador is that his cell phone has never gone off in a UN meeting in the middle of someone’s speech,but something tells me that it’s only a matter of time..He is obviously homesick and should be allowed to go home…… america….join the democratic party and run for president….as if any country on earth would be crazy enough to elect him l.o.l Where do you think Camillo would be right now if his father wasn’t pm?
    Ralph being pm is the equvalent of Ivan Oneal becoming pm,even now it baffles the mind,even he can’t believe it,how else can you explain him behaving as if he was still in opposition.Whenever the NDP won an election,there was no NDP,they became the government,they didn’t need their own radio stations because they had NBC and they didn’t need to be campaigning every second of everyday.Nowadays it’s like someone who accidentally became pm,and is so insecure in his position that he’s afraid of the slightest hint of oppositon..
    De Komrade probably appears more times on tv in a given week than Mitchell did as pm in an entire year.Mitchell was a practical man who understood that parliament is just talking,whereas a certain person likes to hear himself talk so he calls parliament far more frequently than mitchell did.Parliament is used to rewrite history and dis the old ndp administration,but the world bank reports for mitchell’s time are now public domain,and they had nothing but praise for James Mitchell..
    Listening to De Komrade talk,is like listening to Ivan Oneal say nothing was done in SVG till he became pm,ie everyone alive would know it was nonsense.Ralph’s statements only fool people born in the year 2000,or people born yesterday

    Posted by Joe | April 9, 2012, 02:17
  6. JOE, I wonder if Mule Gonsalves has thought about the possibility of IRAN bombing the Israelis office and the roof falling on his head.

    I hope that Mule remembers that he is dealing with a rubbish state of funders and supporters of terrorism. I wonder how the US view the millions that Iran give us to support them at the UN?

    We need to be more carefull who we associate with.

    Posted by Peter | April 9, 2012, 08:17
  7. I didn’t see this story previously, and it confirms much of my suspicious about why the Baby dipper tried to provoke a scuffle with the diplomats’ building Security Guards/Police. If you note carefully the way he angled, at first timidly, to point out to us and all and sundry that the ISRAELI Embassy people were located there. These small minded creatures are playing with a fire which they have absolutely no powers of intellect to contemplate. And, the fools think that they are really playing in the big leagues. Ah wander who disceived them? An undiplomatic diplomat.
    An American, a born US citizen serving in the highest or second highest paid government office in SVG. Was he ever naturalized as a Vincentian citizen? If NOT, then he is a foreigner. How did he really arrive at such a high level, HIGHEST PAYING OFFICE ? What sort of “SHORT KHAKI PANTS BOYS DO WE REALLY HAVE IN THE CABINET IN SVG” ?

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 24, 2012, 13:01

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