ST. VINCENT-POLITICS-Government says it is closer to securing UN Security seat.


The Str. Vincent and the Grenadines government says it is one step closer to security a non-permanent seat on the Security Council of the United Nations.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sir Louis Straker, said Kingstown remains optimistic of its chances of being elected to serve for the 2020-2021 term.

'We are on the verge - we are not there yet - of sitting in the Council, one of the premier councils of the United Nations, which is the Security Council,' he told the one-week biennial consultations for heads of missions and consulates that began here Monday.

Sir Louis said that when the idea of a Security Council bid was first broached a decade ago, 'we thought it was an ideal, a dream to work towards, but there was some doubt in our mind as to whether we would really realise that...

'We are on the verge of sitting with the mightiest -economically and militarily - countries in the world,' he said, noting however that the island will become the smallest nation to sit on the Security Council.

'... if you are seized with the gravity of the situation that we are going to sit on the Security Council, the smallest country that would ever be sitting on the Security Council, then you realise that St. Vincent has come a long way,' he said praising the leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.

'Our prime minister is highly regarded and highly respected in CARICOM (Caribbean Community), in the OAS (Organisation of American States), in Africa, in Asia, wherever the name of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is mentioned. And I am very, very happy and proud to work with him and to see our country reach this far being a member of the Security Council.'

He said he does not think that anyone at the event would be alive to ever see such a feat attained again.

'Because some countries have been waiting for 20 years - countries with millions of people and cannot get a second chance or another chance to sit on the Security Council.

'But because our prime minister is so highly regarded in the GRULAC group that would select a member from its midst, they are able to take a backseat and allow St. Vincent and the Grenadines to go forward in being the candidate - CARICOM and GRULAC - and I trust that we would go right through and by this time next year, we would have been voted as a member...

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