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Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. (iWN file photo)
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. (iWN file photo)
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The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines says that it will not treat its Security Council seat in a transactional manner.

“Now, I want to tell you upfront that I am not adopting and the government is not adopting a transactional approach. We are not telling you that St. Vincent is going to get money because it is going on the Security Council; that’s not the reason,” Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said in Argyle on Sunday on his return from the United Nations.

He was addressing some citizens’ concern about the benefits of Kingstown being elected for a two-year term with holding a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, beginning Jan. 1. 2020.

“The reason is to be there at the table with a perspective of a small island developing state from the Caribbean and that by being there, we can contribute to peace and security in the world, which will redound to the advantage of all of us, including St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” said Gonsalves, who went to the United Nations last week Wednesday for a final lobby ahead of Friday’s vote.

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Some of the persons who attended the event at AIA on Sunday. (iWN photo)

“If you have a war in the Middle East, the prices of oils go up, your fuel surcharge goes up, your commodities become more expensive – an example; there are many others,” he told an event attended by a few hundred persons to welcome him and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sir Louis Straker back to SVG after the historical vote.

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“But there is absolutely no doubt that because of the prestige that St. Vincent and the Grenadines has attained to become the smallest country ever to sit on the Security Council, you don’t need much imagination to see that benefits will accrue, but I am not going to be tempted, and this government is not going to be reduced to treating this matter in transactional terms. The good lord taught us man shall not live by bread alone,” Gonsalves said.

The prime minister said that all over the world since Friday, the issue arising out of the UN was the election of SVG to the Security Council.

SVG, a multi-island nation of 150 square miles and 110,000 residents, has become the smallest country by mass and population, to ever be elected to the UN Security Council,

Gonsalves said:

“I believe that there is no matter, no subject which has come before St. Vincent and the Grenadines or arising from St. Vincent and the Grenadines which has attracted so much press internationally about St. Vincent and the Grenadines. All over the world people are talking about St. Vincent and the Grenadines. You go online; you see it because this is an immense achievement.”

6 replies on “PM says SVG not getting money from Security Council post”

  1. PARDON ME, but it is EITHER, OR:
    Either we SELL the position to beg for economic and pecuniary gain,
    Maybe BOTH.

  2. Urlan Alexander says:

    I believe the eyes of the world are watching SVG. They wondered that we have to be a very rich country with a 110 000 people and can launched a decade long campaign with all the niceties and dollar diplomacy to get this far. Australia at one point forked out 25 million dollars (US) and Turkey dished out 75 million (US) to be elected to the UN Security Council. The question is how much did SVG lavished so that Ralph and Louie Straker could be parading at the taxpayers expense? We must be a very rich nation.

  3. This decision highlights much of what is patiently wrong with that difunctionally body the U.N. Here we have a small broken nation with half of us out of work and others on part time.

    Our Civic system in utter disarray with neither the Courts nor the health system working to our good, yet we are elected to a talking shop with a view of talking about world security in neglect of our own wellbeing!

    Can we afford the time and money? What grand grandiose delusion!

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