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Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, speaks to the media at the United Nation last week as members of his delegation and staff at  SVG's UN Mission look on.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, speaks to the media at the United Nation last week as members of his delegation and staff at SVG’s UN Mission look on.

The Permanent Mission of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to the United Nations will receive six additional staff members as the country prepares to take up a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council next January.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves made the disclosure on Sunday, likening SVG’s election to the United Nation’s highest decision-making body, as moving from county to Test cricket.

Currently, the mission has 11 staff members — 10 diplomats and one driver, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said on Sunday, noting that eight of the diplomats are women.

“And the bulk of them are young people, products of the education revolution,” he told a welcoming ceremony at the Argyle International Airport on his return to the country after SVG’s successful election, last Friday, to the UN security council.

Gonsalves said that the current mission staff includes persons who also speak Spanish, Russian and there is also “a familiarity with Mandarin Chinese”.

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“We have to send another six or so persons to our mission very shortly in preparation for our assumption of the seat on January 1st 2020.”

He said he has been speaking to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sir Louis Straker about ensuring there are “high quality persons” to join the existing staff.

“And we will have here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and we have been preparing for it, interns, persons who we take on to help to man the post right here in Kingstown, because we are going to need a lot of persons who are following all the important issues at the Security Council.

“And if the Security Council is meeting on an important subject at 1 o’clock in the morning, we have to have at least one senior person and a junior person at the office so that if they have to get instructions from the foreign minister or the prime minister, they wake us and tell us what is happening on what positions and where there is any difficulty or any need for clarification.”

The prime minister said he has been explaining to the staff that “so far, we have been playing Shell Shield cricket at the United Nations.

“We have been playing One Day International, we have been playing county cricket. Test match cricket begins and begins in earnest. This is not little leagues baseball; this is the World Series. This is not CONCACAF; this is the world cup. This is not a regional athletics competition; this is the Olympics and we all have to lift our game,” he said.

Last October, Kingstown sent an additional six envoys to the United Nationsto assist with the lobby ahead of last Friday’s election.

One reply on “SVG’s UN staff to get 6 more members”

  1. Those of us here who questions the injudicious way that Ralph Gonsalves and his ULP regime has ravaged our country’s finances while so many Vincentians are out of work, with our civil society in disarray and a broken health system to show for it, while the regime engages itself in that 10 yearlong campaign for this two-year non-permanent seat at the UN, we for our part are being labelled as unpatriotic and antinational.

    But look, even before the ink is dry on the decision to elect us onto this non-permanent council for the two years, the announcement here is yet more additional cost to the hard-pressed taxpayers of St Vincent and the Grenadines, with an added burden of 6 more bureaucrats being sent over to New York to join an already over bloated team.

    But whose interest would these well-paid bureaucrats be serving, as they take up their posting, in these anti-Trump-anti-American days. Is it Venezuela, Iran, Cuba, Hamas, Syria, Nicaragua? Who will be the true beneficiaries for our two-year stint on this Council? How will out of work Vincentians benefit by our seeking to fix the world’s security?

    Even once sober voices here and critics of this feudal ULP regime have taken to overlooking our dire poverty, broken economy, lack of work, very poor healthcare outcome and broken infrastructures to now talk of our “coming of age” of our “sitting with the big boys” and having our “voice overheard” on the world stage.

    To what end one must ask! To what end? Will we ever take note of this proverb: “Physician, heal thyself”? We truly are a ragtag flock of utterly docile sheep, responding to the delusions of an old feudal narcissist!

    Just listen to the cacophony of sounds from the smelly sheep pen of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Bahhh! Bahhh, bahhh, bahhh, bahhh!

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