Thursday, March 29, 2012

St. Vincent and the Grenadines demanding answers

By Kenton Chance

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Mar 29, CMC – St. Vincent and the Grenadines is taking “seriously” the arrest of its United Nations diplomat, Camillo Gonsalves, as he was about to enter his office building on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Douglas Slater told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that he had been in touch with Gonsalves, who was handcuffed by a New York police officer soon after he alighted from his official car and was making his way into the building.

“Well, capital has been informed, I have been in touch with Ambassadors Gonsalves and (Ambassador to the United States Lacillia) Prince. Ambassador Gonsalves is preparing a report after which we intend to follow up the matter with the relevant U.S. authorities,” Slater said told CMC late on Wednesday night.

“We have already reported the matter to them (U.S. authorities), as you may have read in the reports. They have had initial discussions on the matter which led to the prompt release of Ambassador Gonsalves. We will certainly be taking the matter seriously,” he added.