|ALBA countries reject British threats on Ecuadorian embassy in London|
|Published on August 18, 2012||
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by Caribbean News Now contributor
HAVANA, Cuba -- The member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA) have issued a communiqué strongly rejecting British threats to the integrity of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The communiqué, published on Granma daily, reads that the statements by British government’s spokesperson on the Julian Assange case threaten to violate the Vienna Convention on the Privileges and Immunities, which would disregard international obligations.
In a recent press conference, Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patino denounced the expressed intentions by British authorities to invade the diplomatic mission with the aim of taking out Julian Assange, who remains inside the building and was granted asylum by the Ecuadorian government.
Patino released a letter sent to the Ecuadorian government by British authorities reading: "You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the Embassy,” international media outlets reported.
The group of Latin American and Caribbean countries warned the UK of the serious consequences that the implementation of its threats would bring against bilateral relations with the regional integration bloc.
All eight countries with the ALBA expressed their solidarity with Ecuador and they announced an upcoming ministerial meeting. ALBA is made up of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Friday decided to convene a meeting of foreign ministers on August 24 to discuss the situation between Ecuador and the United Kingdom.
The purpose of the meeting will be to "address the situation between Ecuador and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland regarding the inviolability of the diplomatic premises of Ecuador in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in accordance with international law, and to agree on appropriate measures to be adopted."
The secretary general of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, stressed to the Council that the resolution approved focuses on "the problem posed by the threat or warning made to Ecuador by the possibility of an intervention into its embassy in London.”
“The central issue is not the right of asylum, it is the inviolability of embassies," said Secretary General Insulza, who recalled that last year the United Nations Security Council ruled "very strictly on the absolute immunity that diplomatic missions must have in all the countries of the world."
“What is being proposed is that the foreign ministers of our organization address this subject and not the subject of asylum nor whether it should be granted to Mr Julian Assange. That will be discussed between Great Britain and Ecuador, the issue that concerns us is the inviolability of diplomatic missions of all members of this organization, something that is of interest to all of us," said the OAS secretary general.
The resolution adopted was presented in its original version by the Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the OAS, María Isabel Salvador, who requested the convening of a meeting of OAS foreign ministers after her government received the written communication from the United Kingdom.
During the Council meeting, the representatives of Ecuador, Argentina, Dominica (on behalf of CARICOM), the United States, Panama, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Uruguay, Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, Canada, Paraguay, Chile and Costa Rica all spoke, as well as the observers to the OAS from the United Kingdom and Sweden.
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SIMON ANDERSON, I suppose you believe the ALBA armed forces should attack the British in the Caribbean wherever they find them.
SIMON ANDERSON, YOUR BOSS GONSALVES IS AT LAST GOING TO SHUT DOWN NICE RADIO, JUST GET ON WITH IT GONSALVES, YOUR LETTING DOWN ALL THE CARIBBEAN MARXIST’S. CHAVEZ AND THE CASTROS WOULD OF GOT RID OF THIS STATION A LONG TIME AGO. YOUR LETTING DOWN THE NAME OF MAURICE BISHOP, AND THE WORK YOU HAVE VOWED TO CONTINUE. HE SHUT DOWN ALL THE RADIO STATIONS AND NEWSPAPERS IN GRENADA THAT BROADCAST OR PRINTED ANY WORD HE DID NOT APPROVE.
MAURICE BISHOPS WORK CONTINUES THROUGH RALPH E GONSALVES CARIBBEAN MARXIST EXTRAORDINAIRE,extraordinaire
SO GET ON AND FINISH BISHOPS WORK.
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SIMON ANDERSON, have you spoken to GONSALVES about this matter. Do you think the ALBA Army should attack the British. We are part of ALBA and all act as one block, the release and orders come from CUBA.
All you readers, I told you that ALBA military school would create a problem for us in the future.
We should thank Gonsalves for taking sides against the British.
Well done GONSALVES you very stupid pratt.
I wish to thank you for the above stated news.It is unfortunate that the Skerrit Labor Party Government would sign a communique relating to such an international issue and Dominicans were never informed. As you are aware, a communique was signed by the Government of Dominica, in regards to the expulsion of USAID representatives from ALBA nations,as a result of Dominicans not being informed,the Government came under heavy criticism by all sectors of the country. Once again the Government is showing its dictatorial behavior.
It was Mr. Assange who released all the US Embassy cables through 'Wikileaks' Barbados and other US embassies that feature GONSALVES. It was because of what these contained that Chavez and the Castro’s have given GONSALVES the cold shoulder, because as usual he had to much bad to say about other people. In all his years he has never learned when to keep his big Marxist mouth shut.
I consider him a pretty stupid man that has never learned to listen, he just talks on and over everyone, lots of rambling crap which is basically a hotch potch of lies.
"PETER, AH HEAR YOU LOOKING FOR FRIENDS!"
Sorry, I have no interest in being a friend of yours...YOU ARE JUST NOT INTELLIGENT ENOUGH!
May 9th 2007, Grenada: US Ambassador visits Grenada for a meeting with Prime Minister Mitchell, who claims that Gonsalves has dirtied his name with Castro and Chavez.
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SUBJECT: (C) GRENADA PM MITCHELL ON CHAVEZ'S BAD LIST?
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Classified By: DCM Mary Ellen T. Gilroy for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).
1. (C) Summary: In a somewhat tense mid-April meeting with Charge, Grenada's Keith Mitchell shared his fears that strongly leftist Caribbean leaders, led by St. Vincent's Ralph Gonsalves, had persuaded Hugo Chavez that the pro-American Grenada government should not receive further
Venezuelan assistance. Mitchell bewailed the non-receipt of some two-thirds of the USD 30 million Chavez had apparently promised Grenada (timeframe unclear). In an indirect apology for Grenada's lack of convergence with the U.S. on UN and OAS voting, Mitchell claimed he could not control his ambassadors and requested that Charge send him demarches directly. The PM also mentioned that Israel had offered him a state visit, presumably in exchange for Grenada's support in multilateral fora. Mitchell has a history of running to U.S. diplomats when he is in trouble (reftels). His overriding focus, like that of his Eastern Caribbean colleagues across the ideological spectrum, is keeping resources flowing in to ensure his political survival.
2. (C) Charge d'Affaires Karen Jo McIsaac met with Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell on April 19 at his request. Mitchell expressed his happiness with the April 13-15 visit to Grenada of CODEL Engel (ref A). After a long recapitulation of his relationship with Cuba's Fidel Castro--generally good--and with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez--uncertain--Mitchell arrived at the message he wanted to pass to the USG: he is convinced that "Ralph is dirtying me with Chavez," referring to PM Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincentand the Grenadines (SVG). Mitchell continued that "he (Gonsalves) is carrying Roosevelt (PM Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica) and possibly Baldwin (PM & MFA Baldwin Spencer of Antigua) with him" in damaging Mitchell's standing with
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3. (C) Reaching back to a public event in Cuba that probably took place in early 2006, Mitchell described his discomfort at appearing on the podium after SVG PM Gonsalves delivered a fiery anti-American tirade. Mitchell could not match the rhetoric as the PM assured Charge that he values Grenada's relationship with the United States and will not jeopardize it by engaging in public denunciations. Mitchell said he could tell Castro was not happy with his (Mitchell's) more measured intervention, the first time Mitchell has felt such disapproval from the Cuban leader.
4. (C) According to PM Mitchell, Venezuela had promised USD 30 million in assistance to Grenada but the country has only received USD 9 million. Given what happened in Cuba, Mitchell said he is convinced Grenada will not see any more. Chavez promised to visit Grenada, but has never asked to
come, though he has visited St. Vincent and St. Lucia. For the first time, Mitchell provided a breakdown of expected Venezuelan assistance, in U.S. dollars (Charge has tried to get this before without success):
USD 10 million: hospital construction
USD 10 million: construction of low-income housing
USD 4 million: youth development
USD 5 million: material assistance to low-income Grenadians
USD 1 million: youth rehabilitation
Mitchell is convinced that Gonsalves, and perhaps the other Eastern Caribbean leaders he mentioned, are behind Venezuela's failure to deliver on further instalments of its promised assistance.
5. (C) Mitchell characterized Gonsalves as very close to "my political opponents, all of whom are strongly left-of-center." Grenada's Prime Minister added that he is convinced that, if he takes a strong stance against Chavez, Gonsalves will fund the Grenadian opposition in a big way, or "more than he already may be doing." In response to a question about campaign financing laws, Mitchell said there is no law against taking money from non-Grenadians, only the anti-money laundering laws requiring the reporting of imports of large amounts of money.
6. (C) Having finished with Venezuelan assistance, Mitchell moved on to UN and OAS votes. He told Charge that he was speaking as a friend, but wanted to point out U.S. errors in trying to garner Eastern Caribbean support in multilateral fora. In particular, he spoke about the 2005 vote for the OAS Secretary General when the United States supported El Salvador's former President Francisco Flores. Mitchell said that if we had asked him first, he could have told us Flores would not get Caribbean support. Charge accepted the criticism but pointed out that we do engage Grenada's ambassadors in Washington and New York on issues of importance to the United States at the UN and the OAS all the time. She suggested that Grenada's ambassadors may not be serving the country well if they are not communicating what the U.S. tells them to the GOG. In one case, Charge was aware that Grenada's ambassador at the UN appeared to be deliberately avoiding the U.S ambassador charged with briefing Caribbean ambassadors. In addition to U.S. diplomats demarching Grenada's ambassadors in New York and Washington, Charge added, the Embassy in St. George's provides the information to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, generally via diplomatic note, but when the issue is really urgent, by telephone as well.
7. (C) In a burst of candor, Mitchell admitted that he had trouble controlling his ambassadors, particularly Ruth Rouse, who was at the UN until recently. She was recalled several months ago and replaced by Angus Friday. Rouse was very close to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Mitchell did not trust her not to tell NDC leaders in
advance about actions he wanted taken. In one instance, Mitchell said, when he asked Rouse why she voted a particular way, she told him she had talked to other CARICOM member ambassadors about how they were voting and followed their lead. (Note: During the CODEL's visit, Grenada's Ambassador to the U.S. and the OAS since 1995, Denis Antoine, told Charge that he was "appalled" when he saw Grenada's UN and OAS voting record. His remark seems disingenuous, as though he was suddenly noticing what we have complained about for years--and that he had nothing to do with it. End Note.)
8. (C) Mitchell said he wants to improve Grenada's relations with Israel and asked that Charge let the GOG know of votes coming up where it would be "easy for Grenada to support Israel." Israel has apparently offered Mitchell a state visit. Charge reiterated that we provide lots of information about votes during UNGA and other UN and OAS meetings. The
Prime Minister asked that Charge fax them to his office directly when they are important. Charge agreed to do so. Mitchell concluded by saying he does not want Grenada to be too robotic in its voting.
9. (C) Mitchell appeared to have trouble getting to the point in the conversation, going over ground he has covered in multiple other conversations with Charge as well as with the Ambassador and other U.S. officials (reftels). There were several moments when Charge thought he was not going to actually say anything significant, an unusual hesitancy for a
very skilled public speaker and thorough politician. At times the Prime Minister appeared to be in physical pain, squirming in his seat, squinting, and not finding anyplace to rest his hands. When at last he blurted out Gonsalves' name, he seemed relieved, flopping back in his chair limply, arms outspread, and resting his head against the back. Once through that point, the conversation turned brisk and matter-of-fact.
10. (C) Mitchell may have gotten the message about USG
disappointment with Grenada's voting record in multilateral fora, although Venezuela's lack of follow-through on assistance may be what has finally driven him to look elsewhere for support. With about 20 percent of homes in Grenada still suffering from some level of damage from Hurricanes Ivan (2004) and Emily (2005), the PM is clearly thinking about maintaining his razor-thin political edge (one vote in parliament) over the opposition. This is the first crack Charge has seen in the close relationship between
Grenada and Venezuela. We have an opportunity to gently peel Grenada away from the Eastern Caribbean pack if we move carefully. CODEL Engel gave Mitchell hope that the United States may be prepared to engage again, which may have helped him get over his obvious reluctance to air internal Eastern Caribbean dirty laundry.
COOeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! SIMON ANDERSON, you could never be my friend, stick to your own kind, stick to your cottaging colleagues like VINCYPOWA.
You being a lace hanky hand on hip turd denter ULP member, can never be my friend.
What happened to Glen Jackson, who had him assasinated and why? Was he also a lace hanky hand on hip turd denter ULP member.
Why is it that GONSALVES choose that certain type to handle his press and online soldiers?
I just found this dated Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Is Ralph Gonsalves and His Unity Labor Party Government Criminals?
Many people both within and without St. Vincent and the Grenadines are of the opinion; that the Ralph Gonsalves Unity Labor Party Government, its friends and supporters are involved in criminal activities, even murder. However, in some case a lack of evidence and a fear of becoming a victim have forced such people into a cocoon of silence. Notwithstanding the danger of becoming a victim, my inquisitive mind sent me probing and I have turned up some very disturbing facts. I will take my time and try to be as clear and concise as I possible can.
We have seen the untimely and violent death of Glen Jackson. It was no secret that Glen Jackson had an abrupt falling out with his political associates: Ralph Gonsalves and the Unity Labor Party; and in his disgust, Glen vowed to reveal to the public, certain information that would have been troubling to Ralph Gonsalves, his political party and his government. However, a few days after Glen Jackson made his intention known, and the day before he was to make his big revelation; Mr. Jackson was found dead in his vehicle. His murderers and their accomplices had taken the time to: ensure his body was clean, his place of death was never discovered, and no forensic evidence could be found: not on his clothes nor in his vehicle where his body was discovered; thus no trail was left linking the killers to Glen Jackson's murder.
I hope it did not surprised you that the police force, an institution that Ralph Gonsalves had turned into his personal poppet show, made an arrest; however, the arrest was not one that was based on the accumulation of evidence but one that was made only to quiet the fears and concerns of the population who had expressed outraged over Glen's death but most importantly, the arrest was designed to take the community’s attention away from the real killers. Although a young man was arrested, charged and stood trial for that crime, we all know that crime was way above the physical ability and financial capability of the defendant, in that; the physical strength that was required to move Jackson body to and from his vehicle to clean the carcass; the place and the cleaning material that was employed to clean Glen's body; all in an efforts to ensure no forensic or other evidence was found. The planning that went into concealing Glen’s place of death (the crime scene). All thses actions were far outside the suspect’s criminal intellect. This murder was one that involved a lot of planning and was masterfully executed. Therefore I must conclude that the individual who was arrested and tried for this matter was only a scape goat.
Then there was Peter Dennie: the Nice Radio staff who met his sudden, unexplained, violent death; another murder that was specific in its detail and execution. A crime and a crime scene that was void of any forensic or other evidence. There are other Vincentian who have met sudden arranged deaths; however, their names and the circumstances of their death will not be mentioned in this article for certain reasons.
There is Que Pasa, A man who is know to and in the drugs world; and a once friend and supporter of Ralph E. Gonsalves and his Unity Labor Party. A man who like Glen, had a falling out with his political associates: Ralph E. Gonsalves and his Unity Labor Party. Fortunately for Que Pasa, he has an ACE in the hole (information in strategic place which will be release if he is killed) hence the reason he is alive today.
Any time Que Pasa's menaces are able to chump, his ACE; he will be a dead man. I hope Que Pasa understand that every effort is being made to make his ACE in the hole null and void. Que Pasa is a marked man.
There was an incident, which occurred on the island of Dominica, that I always though was fishy, so after I left Bermuda in 2008, I journeyed to Dominica, where I did some snooping around (investigation). While there, I used my purposeful charming personality and I quickly became friends with the average man on the street, doctors, police officers, other professional and quite a few member of Dominica criminal community. When members of the criminal community discovered that I was from "Ganja Country:" St. Vincent and the Grenadines, many saw an opportunity to establish Marijuana connection etc. I spenttwo months on the Island of Dominica, all in an effort to uncover what was in my mind a mystery.
Everyone knows, that much attention is not paid to the violent death of a man or a woman with a colorful back ground; in other words, one who live a life of crime. Unfortunately such deaths are not given the level of attention they should be given and are often dismissed as the consequence of the life that individual lived.
Now that I have lay the foundation let me develop this discourse and get to the bottom of the matter at hand.
Recently the Press Secretary (PS) to Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves: Hans King was experiencing marital problems. Unfortunately the trauma of the experience troubled the young man tremendously and negatively impacted his personal and social life; as well as, destroyed his ability to function in his professional life. To make the matter worst, the man who wooed his way into the heart and world of the PM press secretary’s wife; was one with a criminal back ground; and he was wanted by the United States Federal Government. With the help of the PS wife, Cecil Boatswain the individual in question, evaded the St. Vincent and the US authorities, but not for long; sometime later Cecil Boatswain was founded murdered on the Island of Dominica.
Because of Boatswain’s pass, his murder went down as a drug deal that went bad. But was it? Was Cecil Boatswain’s Murder the results of a drug deal that went bad? I emphatically say NO! Cecil Boatswain’s murder was retaliation on behalf of Hans King. The knowledge that Boatswain’s had resurface once again affected the Prime Minister's Press secretary ability to function. The comfort he had from knowing that Boatswain was dead (he got what he deserved) disappeared with Boatswain's reemergence (This information was known only by certain police in the intelligence Department and key politician).
I cannot say with certain who was responsible for arranging the hit (contacting and paying for Cecil's death) or where the money for the hit on Cecil Boatswain came from, (It may have been the treasury of St. Vincent for all that I know) but I can say with a degree of certainty that Boatswain’s hit man was a Jamaican, who resides in St. Lucia: Andrew Kirkpatrick Michelle, who was also contracted by the same source in September 2008 to perform another hit, on another unsuspecting victim who was in Dominica in September 2008.
The question I am unable to answer is: who ordered the hit on Cecil Boatswain? Was it ordered by members within the Unity labor Party or members of the criminal drugs community that provides financial and other supports to Ralph Gonsalves and his Unity Labor Party? On whose request was the hit ordered? I guess we may never know. But what I know for a fact is, Cecil Boatswain was killed on an order that came from St. Vincent in an effort to secure Hans King Sanity.
Posted by Pearson
PUMPKIN EATER, I AM STILL ASKING IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR FRIENDS.
I have ignored you constantly, but you have four (4) posts above reaching out to me and I am not paying you any attention.
Peter, isn't it plain to you and everyone else that you and I are not in the same class or category?
COOeeeeeee! SIMON ANDERSON, I just love it when you demonstrate your stupidity in such a clear and precise manner.
Just stick by your cottaging friends, they need you and you need them.
As for class it is very obvious that you have no class whatsoever. Bad manners, ill bred, second class education [yes I have all your education details], a serial liar with no understanding between right and wrong. And last but not least, a worshipper of an Obeah worshipper.
Take it easy Peter, I will take care of you in due course.
The old people say, "TEK TIME, KILL ANTS, YOU GO FIND THEY GUTS."
PETER, what is your last name. Does it begin with A or B?
I got you covered, Peter....