KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The government is keeping its “legal powder dry” but says it is pleased with the progress so far in seeking redress, through diplomatic channels, for the arrest of one of its envoys in New York last month.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told a media briefing on Tuesday that U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton have expressed regret at the arrest of Camillo Gonsalves, this country’s U.N. ambassador — Gonsalves’ oldest son — by a New York cop on March 28.

The U.S. officials spoke to the issue in a meeting with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders at the Summit of the Americas in Columbia last weekend.

Gonsalves said he had asked the CARICOM caucus not to raise the issue with the U.S. representatives because his administration was satisfied that the U.S. federal government “was keeping its word and responding, in our view, appropriately and satisfactorily”.

“And that was confirmed in my discussion with President Obama … and with Secretary of State Clinton on the issue. That is to say, they regret very much the incident and are both supportive of the efforts of [U.S ambassador to the United Nations] Susan Rice” – who also expressed regret at the incident.

According to Gonsalves, Clinton has been keeping up to date with Rice and said that Rice would deal with the matter fully to his satisfaction.

“President Obama expressed a similar view and said if there are any hiccups along the way, touch base with his office,” Gonsalves said.

He said he was “grateful” that the top levels U.S. Officials were “showing genuine concern … and expressing regret.

“Now, I don’t want to get onto the conversation about people in St. Vincent and the Grenadines who injects partisan political issues into an issue which ought not to be,” he further said.

He added that other leaders at the Summit had expressed solidarity with him and Foreign Affairs Minister Sen. Douglas Slater.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly last Friday sent an investigator along with State Department officials to visit Ambassador Gonsalves, “as promised by Rice to speak to him as part of the investigation which is underway,” the Prime Minister said.

“Camillo has informed me that he went through all the issues with them. He said that he thought that the meeting was a good meeting.

“Of course, all over the world, we know what internal police inquiries sometimes do. But we wait and we wait and keep our legal power dry.

“Remember I said we are proceeding on the basis of diplomacy and law. And we have been very focused, and disciplined and professional on this,” adding that the country had “elicited support from all over the world”. He said “it is really disappointing to see persons suggesting here … that I engineered this whole thing to make it so that Camillo can return to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and be parachuted in at the top [of the political hierarchy].

“… It is just a lot of rubbish,” Gonsalves said.

Rice last week Tuesday visited Ambassador Gonsalves at in his office and expressed regret at the incident.

“That is not to be taken lightly. It is the first time, since Independence, that a cabinet member of the U.S. government, who is also the Permanent Representative of the United States, visited the mission of any of these countries in the Caribbean,” the Prime Minister said.

He noted that Rice visited Ambassador Gonsalves on a day when she was chairing a Security Council meeting.

“The report given to me was that she was very warm and sincere and from the comments which she made, convinced me that they take the matter seriously and they reiterate their commitment towards the Vienna Convention [on Diplomatic Relations] and also to the host agreements which they have between the United Nations and the United States of America.”

Rice on Thursday invited Ambassador Gonsalves to her home for dinner and to attend a basketball game in New York.

“She was again showing her concern and her empathy,” Gonsalves said, adding that the Vincentians envoy declined the invitation because he was travelling to Kuwait the following day.

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  1. Everyone World wide should regret the incident, that doesn’t mean that boy Gonsalves was right, it means that they regret the incident.

    The boy was in the wrong, but its being laundered by our financial supporters at the UN as the boy was right.

    What an utter disgrace this undiplomatic action on the part of boy Gonsalves has brought on SVG. Send him to a school for diplomacy, there are plenty of good ones.

    For daddy waddy Gonsalves to send his child to do a job that the boy was not trained for was an act against the state in the first place. First diplomatic job ‘Ambassador at UN’, unbelievable what daddykins will do for Camykins.

  2. This thing is beginning to seem personal,making your son Ambassador reeks of conflict of interest even Thornley knows that

  3. The funniest part of the whole thing is that the PM’s son became the Ambassador without him knowing. It just makes you wonder what else the Prime Minister doesn’t know.

  4. VINCYPOWA, I hope you run to his bedside in Barbados. Another good title for a song “Yes we going to Barbados”

    Forget this weeks cottaging trips, get yourself to Bado’s.

    Whilst there, try and talk the Red Dwarf into taking a much needed vacation in Canada.

  5. BLANE, I forgot about that crap.

    It appears that the boy didn’t know he was Ambassador either, until officer Parker knocked some sense into him.

    Now he is claiming he hurt his little handypandy.

  6. If you wonder why Donkey Gonsalves is fighting so hard to change the truth of the events of this matter, and why all the Gonsalve IT operatives on his behalf are doing the same. Gonsalves had hoped to hoist Mule Gonsalves on us when he retires on his 70th birthday. He knows that this episode could affect the way intelligent Vincentians view the boy, it could make a difference that affects the Gonsalves dynasty. That is why there has been so much crap rhetoric on this matter, so many lies in an attempt to yet again change history.

    Its a Marxist thing to change history, if you look at Walter Rodney’s history changed, Maurice Bishop’s history limited change.
    Rodney was blown up by a bomb that he carried on his lap outside a prison where several of his comrades were being held. History claims that Rodney was blown up by a bomb in a walky-talky that he was given.

    Maurice Bishop led a Marxist coup in Grenada, a revolution, helped and funded by Cuba and Russia. Hundreds murdered and disappeared, thousands imprisoned for years without trial, newspaper and radio shut down and opened with state control. Yet years later people like Gonslaves insist that this scab of a man was a true son of Grenada, and for Bishops name to be used for the airport.

    Gonsalves on several occasions has said “I am here to finish the work of Maurice Bishop” Well if he wants to do that in SVG, the people do not want it, let him go elsewhere and impose Marxism and all the crap it brings to peoples lives.
    Let him retire to Cuba, if they will have him now he has fallen out of favour with them.
    I will be very difficult for Gonsalves to live in SVG after politics, he will need his own private army to protect him against all the people who he has spited over the years.

    All of Gonsalves Marxist IT brigade, VINCYPOWA, CRICK THE DICK, JASON, and several others have worked hard to change how people see what happened at the UN offices. But the truth prevails and people know that what happened was because Mule Gonsalves acted arrogantly and is untrained and uneducated in diplomacy. Had he of declared who he was, declared that he was a diplomat, declared that he was an ambassador, then or before he was asked, this matter would never of blown up into such a load of crap.

    The boy is down the toilet, and his father is to blame, because he attempted to fast track Mule Gonsalves to Primeminstership and ultimately dictatorship.

  7. VINLUCIAN, do you really think Kenny Anthony is better than Gonsalves, when he came here to support Gonsalves, I thought he was another sick dick head Marxist scum bag.

    What would be interesting is if someone in St.Lucia knows about money laundering in St. Lucia by some Vincentian politicians.

    Any whistle blowers, let us know.

    Donkey and Mule Gonsalves will be available at some in the near future, if St.Lucia would like to make use of them or accept them as residents, we would be most pleased for any help you can render. Because we don’t want them here “you can av them we don’t want them there no good to us” words from a 1920’s song.