Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louis Straker, has suggested that the media do not understand the implications of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ possible election to the Security Council of the United Nations.
He said on Monday that if that were the case, the media would not talk about potholes in the nation’s streets.
“I don’t even think that the media is seized of the great opportunity we have in doing this,” Straker, who is also deputy prime minister, said Monday at the biennial consultation in Kingstown with the nation’s heads of missions and consulates.
“It’s easy to talk about potholes in the street but if you are seized with the gravity of the situation that we are going to sit on the Security Council, the smallest country that would ever be sitting on the Security Council, then you realise that St. Vincent has come a long way,” he said at the event at which he also said that SVG was “on the verge” of sitting on the Security Council.
“Never mind what people would say about us, those who tend to criticise us because some people only have the downward look,” Straker said.
“They can only look in the ground. We, as a government, not only have to look at the potholes in the ground but we have to have the upward look, because we have to look to the hills, from whence cometh our help. And we have to look at the outward look. We must look abroad to see where we can find the help and the encouragement to enable us to accomplish what we have and what we will accomplish.”
SVG is, so far, the only candidate from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States that has announced its intention to seek a non-permanent seat on the Security Council for the 2020-2010 term.
In early October, minibus operators servicing the Kingstown-Green Hill route withdrew their service because of the poor condition of the roads.
They returned to work after Minister of Works Sen. Julian Francis promised that the roads would be repaired the following week.
The media reported on the development, which occurred while Straker was in the United States, among other things, having “significant dental work done”, according to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves.