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St Vincent explains UN abstention on Ukraine
Published on April 4, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines is one of two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that has been explaining the reasons why they abstained in a United Nations General Assembly vote re-affirming Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

The UN General Assembly adopted a measure underscoring that the mid-March referendum in Crimea that led to the peninsula’s annexation by Russia “has no validity”. St Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica were among the 58 countries that abstained during the vote on Thursday.

By a vote of 100 in favour to 11 against, with 58 abstentions, the 193-member General Assembly called on all states, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on the basis of the March 16 referendum.

The General Assembly also voted to “refrain from any action or dealing that might be interpreted as recognizing any such altered status.”

In explaining this country’s abstention on the vote, St Vincent and the Grenadines ambassador to the United Nations, Rhonda King said the government has viewed the recent events in Crimea and Ukraine with “great concern.”

She reiterated the call made by CARICOM in a March 5 statement calling for the “pacific settlement of disputes and respect of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

King said St Vincent and the Grenadines has “long advocated and advanced the principle of territorial integrity, even in the case of ongoing civil war and sectarian unrest.”
 
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Peter Binose:

The statement by Rhonda King was unfortunately written for her by one or both of the Gonsalves.

What is written here is a much shortened version of the original. A version In which they put forward a rambling load of crap equating the situation with Argentina. Which it has nothing at all to do with, and there is no equation whatsoever. They used that to say what Russia did was OK.

King was instructed how to vote and what speech to make, the full content was written by the Gonsalves duo, or Batman and Robin, Fat man and Twat Man.

They took their instructions from the Chav/Chey Venezuelan/Cuban contingency taking a line that all of ALBA members were required to follow as a Marxist block. That's exactly what they all did and followed the orders to the ’T’.

Ms King tries to make out this was something special to SVG, it was not, it was something that the whole of ALBA its members and Associates did, under instructions by its ultimate political masters which included Venezuela, Cuba and most certainly Russia.

We need to look deeper into the rapidly expanding togetherness policy of the Venezuela / Cuba policy in embracing Russia as their main world ally. It is bound to be seen as an anti-American, and now surely as anti-European Union alliance.

I am fairly sure it is in fact Russia calling the shots to Venezuela and Cuba that caused them to instruct all the ALBA members to support Russia in this matter.

What you need to be aware of is that a vote against, an absent vote, or an abstain are all actions in favour of Russia. Only one country out of what can be called the ALBA Block and Associates was Haiti, who voted against the Russians. Haiti may well be destined for the chopping block, not the ALBA block.

At the UN

ALBA Members
Antigua & Barbuda [abstain]
Bolivia [against]
Cuba [against]
Dominica [abstain]
Ecuador [abstain]
Nicaragua [against]
Saint Lucia [abstain]
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines [abstain]
Venezuela [against]

ALBA Observer Status Associates
Iran [absent]
Syria [against]
Haiti [approve]

ALBA Special Guest Member/s
Suriname [abstain]

Friends of ALBA
Armenia [against]
Argentina [abstain]
Belarus [against]
Grenada [absent]
North Korea [against]
Russia [against]
Saint Kitts and Nevis [abstain]
Sudan [against]
Uruguay [abstain
Uzbekistan [abstain]
Zimbabwe [against]


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