UWP outraged at Juffali affair !

UWP outraged at Juffali affair !

The United Workers’ Party is outraged that the Kenny Anthony Government would sully the name of St. Lucia in the diplomatic arena by the appointment of someone to a post for which he has no known qualifications.

While we hold no personal animosity towards Dr. Juffali, and we welcome his interest in St. Lucia, this country’s diplomatic postings must not be traded for any reason.

What is the reason for the change to the longstanding policy and practice of the UK High Commissioner representing St. Lucia at the International Maritime Organisation, headquartered in London?

If Dr. Juffali wishes to invest in St. Lucia it must be on the basis of a genuine return on investment. There can be no ‘quid pro quo’ for diplomatic status.

This is the type of behavior that scares off legitimate investors and makes a laughing stock of St. Lucia in the world’s financial capitals.

Furthermore, according to a UK newspaper report quoting Mark Stephens, a former president of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association, “If this was a genuine appointment, there’s a tradition of the government concerned waiving that immunity so the person can be subject to justice. What I find astonishing is that it hasn’t happened in this case immediately. That only raises questions over what the government of St Lucia is doing in effectively colluding in avoiding the rule of law.”

In light of the negative image of St. Lucia this matter is attracting, we urge the Government to thank Dr. Juffali for his service and terminate his appointment with immediate effect.

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  1. Robert Kirton
    November 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm Reply

    I posted this response to another forum that was moderated into oblivion. So I try my comment here.

    “As a former student of internal relations and diplomacy, I find the willful stupidity and unnecessary mischief in the UWP statement to certainly lay responsibility with them for preying on, and seeking to reap the rewards of ignorance.

    First of all, let’s address the comments of Mark Stephens. As a learned lawyer, surely one masquerading as one versed in Diplomatic relations, he would note that the UK has no problem with Dr Juffali. Further the UK has not asked that his diplomatic status be revoked because as it stands, he has committed not a single crime – he has no criminal record. I say this to point to the fact that there is no occurrence in the history of diplomatic relations that a third party state (the UK in this case) has asked that a diplomat’s immunity be removed so his ex-wife who has already been settled through prior divorce proceedings should be allowed their courts to determine a property dispute case.

    If such false knowledge and misrepresentation be the basis upon which the UWP bases its arguments and press releases, they surely are showing how they managed, and will manage Saint Lucia’s foreign policy. Countries ask for the removal of immunities when diplomats commit murder, man-slaughter, human traffic and other heinous atrocities. The crime this man has committed; be wealthy and have a greedy ex wife that will drag Saint Lucia through the dirt to attain her ends.

    The only persons to benefit from all this would be the lawyers of his ex wife. They get a percentage of whatever they can extort from him if they are successful. Thus I can see their motivation to drag fair Helen through the mud with such untruths.

    Just sad that we are so unwilling to read and see what the truth really is that we allow this to determine our lives to this extent.

    Very saddened by the willingness to be dictated to by rumour and mischief. Shame on the UWP, and shame on Dr Rigobert who taught international relations for allowing such a statement to be issued from her party.”

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