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No legal action against US gov’t over envoy’s arrest

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — This country will not take legal action against the government of the United States as it seeks redress for the arrest of Vincentian Ambassador to the United Nations, Camillo Gonsalves by a cop in New York on March 28.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, however, said on Tuesday that there would be a two-pronged — legal and diplomatic — approach to resolving the issue.

He said that Ambassador Gonsalves and the government are in discussion with lawyers in St. Vincent and New York as the government explores its options after a New York Police Department (NYPD) cop arrested the envoy in the lobby of his office building, later citing disorderly conduct.

“I want to make it plain that there is no consideration to bring any legal action against the United States government. The United States government is not the entity which has wronged us in this particular situation,” Gonsalves said.

He said the U.S. government is in the matter to the extent that it is the host country of the United Nations.

“I want to reiterate that this incident does not in any way damage the relations between the United States of America — we have very strong relations — or between the City of New York or the state of New York. But large principles are at stake and we have to pursue the relevant matters to the appropriate authorities,” he said at a press briefing.

“But the wrong was committed by a police officer of the NYPD … which is a department of the mayor’s office of the City of New York. So when people are talking about any possible civil action, we are not talking about any action about the United States government,” he said.

Gonsalves, however, said that as of Tuesday, the United States was yet to respond formally to a March 29 diplomatic note sent by Ambassador to the United States, La Celia Prince.

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9 thoughts on “No legal action against US gov’t over envoy’s arrest

  1. Let me quote myself from a few days ago to show how Gonsalves is so predictable it’s not even funny, this is what i said a few days ago:

    “St Vincent is going to waste a lot of money on this so call legal team, and when they find that their is no grounds for their stupidity, Gonsalves is going to come on tv and pretend that St Vincent should take the higher road and and try to resolve the matter diplomatically. Then all his followers who live on every thing he say (like yourself Vincy Powa) would be cheering for him, not knowing that the comrade has put his foot in his mouth yet again, and is just twisting things to make himself look good. The man is so predictable it’s not even funny”.

    That’s what i said a few days ago, and this is what the Prime Minister said:

    “Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, however, said on Tuesday that there would be a two-pronged — legal and diplomatic — approach to resolving the issue”.

    “I want to make it plain that there is no consideration to bring any legal action against the United States government. The United States government is not the entity which has wronged us in this particular situation,” Gonsalves said”.

    Do you see how predictable the man is?. Next he’s going to come on Tv and radio and tell the Vincentian people that the matter should be resolved diplomatically. But anyone with some sense know that if Gonsalves and his band of stooges did find anything they could use, that they would be suing for money. What a shame and disgrace these people are.

    Posted by blane | April 6, 2012, 16:56
  2. I think we weren’t going to leave any stone unturned? Are we going to have a recall of the ambassador? I know if the ambassador was wrongfully arrested by the NYPD we wouldn’t leave any stone unturned, so what’s next you bunch of needles ULP’s, you think alyo bad?

    Posted by Ambassador G | April 6, 2012, 17:50
  3. Confused, Vincy Powa. Help me out here.

    Posted by justice | April 6, 2012, 20:04
  4. Maybe the PM is now coming to grips with his conscience. It’s never good to be hasty. Always proceed with an unbiased heart. God always helps you to do so. Still need your help VP.

    Posted by justice | April 6, 2012, 20:19
  5. Of course not you family of Marxist cowards. Remember from the first report I said “watch out for the spite of Donkey Gonsalves”. They will do all they can to destroy the police officer.

    Posted by Peter | April 6, 2012, 21:47
  6. Those lawyers in SVG and N.Y will surely get some easy money or it’s just the usual huff n puff from Gonsalves because i think with the privilege of immunity you also give up the option of bringing charges against anyone.

    Posted by KS784 | April 7, 2012, 14:09
  7. The American government can afford many lawyers,it’s a lot harder than sung lynch and nice radio l.o.l You know that under George Bush Camillo would be asked about his identity………………in Guantanamo,as hilarious as I find it now that your pm has to look up to a black man as the most powerful man in the world,a fact that probably eats him up on the inside.times like this I wish George Bush was in power,Ralph would be going to cuba a lot more not to visit Castro but to visit his son,because under bush officer parker would be considered a member of homeland security

    Posted by Joe | April 8, 2012, 22:57
  8. JOE, is Gonsalves racist or just selectivly racist? His speciality has been black women, even those that accused him of rape are black. HIs first wife is black and they have a couple of mullato children, his second wife is indian or some kind of mixture, children by this union are probably quadroons. Gonsalves claims that sometimes he is black.
    I know that white women generaly reject him, perhaps thats where his behaviour stems from, rejection. Or perhaps like his quest to become a dictator, his behaviour comes from the need to totally control people.

    One must ask why Gonsalves is so rude and disrespectful to black people, is it selective racism?

    But then again one must ask why black people support such a crass, insulting and disrespectful man? Do Vincentian blacks still wish to be enslaved, useing Gonsalves as a role model slave master?

    Gonsalves in my opinion is a coward, he seeks to control all by litigation, his litigatory behaviour is little more than another control thing again. He has to control.

    Posted by Peter | April 9, 2012, 08:04
  9. “But the wrong was committed by a police officer of the NYPD … which is a department of the mayor’s office of the City of New York. So when people are talking about any possible civil action, we are not talking about any action about the United States government
    Two Points:

    1. Proving that the police acted illegally will be extremely difficult. Saying someone acted rudely is not the same as saying that they acted illegally.
    2. If this is a civil action, then Gonsolve should bear the cost for his laywers. If he wins money then he can put it towards his retirement fund like his “Puppa”. No problem there.

    Posted by WEHHA | April 9, 2012, 12:26

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