The SVG Green Party has called for the resignation of Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sen. Camillo Gonsalves over the recall of former deputy consul general, Edson Augustus.
Augustus was recalled from his post in New York on Feb. 7, after the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) learnt that he was offering to help persons source U.S. Permanent Resident Cards, commonly known as “Green Cards”.
The government said this was outside the scope of the diplomat’s employment and is inimical to the Consulate General and government and people of SVG.
Green Party Leader, Ivan O’Neal, said in a release this week that the development is a “fiasco and embarrassment” to SVG.
“Once again the ULP (Unity Labour Party) regime has embarrassed our country and degraded our country to the world,” Green Party Leader, Ivan O’Neal said in press release.
O’Neal noted that Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sen. Camillo Gonsalves said that Augustus did not break the laws of SVG.
“Camillo Gonsalves is missing the point: the point is, yet another ULP regime person has caused international embarrassment to our country,” O’Neal said.
“The incident in New York is another example of the ULP regime attitude of not caring about its responsibility. The ULP regime is utterly hopeless at managing the affairs of our country.
“SVG Green Party is calling for Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Camillo Gonsalves and PM [Ralph] Gonsalves to resign for this huge embarrassment to our country. The ULP regime appointed Edson Augustus and they must take full responsibility for his behaviour,” O’Neal further said.