US Embassy sets Chastanet straight

US Embassy sets Chastanet straight

A statement from the US Embassy in Barbados has contradicted comments attributed to Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.

The comments were carried in a July 11 article in the Nation.

Chastanet was quoted as saying that 800 criminals were deported by the United States to Saint Lucia in one year.

However the US Embassy has said that United States government statistics indicate that the total number of deportees returned to Saint Lucia in the last five years was less than 100.

In 2015, there were only eight such cases, the US Embassy statement said.

On the issue of deportees, the statement asserted that any International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member country has an obligation to accept its nationals who are deported for crimes committed in another country.

Saint Lucia is an ICAO member (as is the United States) and is thus subject to this obligation, it explained.

The statement also responded to claims Chastanet made in the Nation, asserting that the US government was slashing funding for security assistance in the region.

The Saint Lucia Prime Minister had told the publication that Washington was contributing to crime by deporting criminals back to their countries of origin.

“In fact, the United States, in partnership with Eastern Caribbean governments, is committed to strengthening security in the region,” the US Embassy statement said.

It noted that as evidence of this commitment, the United States government steadily increased funding for regional security since President Obama launched the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative in 2009.

Funding from the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) alone increased 31 percent between fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2016, it observed.

According to the US Embassy, in 2016, INL plans to spend approximately USD$3.94 million on equipment, infrastructure upgrades and law enforcement training to combat trafficking, enhance security, and strengthen justice systems in the Eastern Caribbean.

It disclosed that the United States is also contributing USD$8.25 million to a joint U.S.-Canadian project to refurbish the Regional Security System (RSS) Air Wing, which will improve RSS interdiction and search-and-rescue capabilities.

“The United States government has never wavered in its security commitment to the Eastern Caribbean and continues to invest heavily in building the capacity of our partner nations to make the region more safe and secure,” the statement said.

 

 

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28 Comments

  1. Mop
    July 13, 2016 at 8:25 pm Reply

    But under the other government is was until u die u got the it.
    Nw the shoe on the other feet u crying .
    Smh.

  2. 666
    July 13, 2016 at 8:29 pm Reply

    I don’t believe a word coming from the Yanks…anymore!

    1. LuciamGemini
      July 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm Reply

      IKR. Although the figures are easy enough to check ain’t?! Still, some of us prefer to trust our PM.

  3. puzzled
    July 13, 2016 at 8:40 pm Reply

    SMH! Trust Chastanet for putting his foot in his mouth with his crazy figures……..
    I am not sure whether this man is s pathological liar or he just does not research before speaks on matters he is not sure of.

  4. merciful
    July 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm Reply

    America deals with facts not fiction, so the prime minster needs to research issues before he speak on them.

  5. yo pere
    July 13, 2016 at 9:24 pm Reply

    He liea again…
    vat anothwr lie
    property tax
    visaa lol

    1. Anonymous
      July 13, 2016 at 10:24 pm Reply

      party hacks !!

    2. read before we speak
      July 13, 2016 at 10:38 pm Reply

      excuse me if were paying close attention to what is going on around you after the first sitting of parliament , you would have seen and heard a lot of information being released from the governor general on what is going on with the vat. presently they are meeting with financial consultants and by october of year we will be introduced to the new vat rate. the property tax will taken care of next financial year. and these statements were signed and released by the governor general. oh the and do u have a vehicle well they are already discussing the new fees. and if u don’t have a job as yet they will be training for those interested in working on cruise ships with an automatic placement on a cruise ship.understand the visa part. he said that things will be so nice in st. lucia that we will not want to travel to anywhere esle. hence there will be no need for visas. listen and read before u talk.

      1. Sad-But-True
        July 14, 2016 at 1:52 am Reply

        Did she make mention of how they are going to replace the Lost Revenue? Because this is revenue that is needed to continue the Business of this Nation. It is one thing to make such Promises, but common sense and reality says another.
        And most of you talking about VAT have NO case. Because VAT has never affected any of you. If we were a patriotic people, we would all be proud enough to understand that this is our country and it’s our business to ensure its prosperity.
        You are as Dangerous as the 3 Prime Minister you voted for into office.

      2. The Crow
        July 14, 2016 at 1:53 am Reply

        Are you paying property tax right now? I am almost certain you are not. Why? Because most people whose properties valued $200,000 or less do not pay property tax. The only persons who will benefit under the Chastenet amnesty is the RICH folk.

        Under the LIAR’s VAT reduction, I am almost certain the basket of VAT exempt and zero rated goods will shrink and another TAX will be implemented to make the shortfall. Who benefits? Certainly not the POOR!

        So, VAT will decrease, vehicle fees will decrease, property tax removed . . . I get it. But where will the shortfall in revenue going to come from? New TAXES! Who benefits? Not the poor!

        Oh, and finally, the hurricane that is Chastenet does have FOOT in mouth disease! If you look now, you may just be able to see the FOOT.

        1. Sad-But-True
          July 14, 2016 at 1:57 am Reply

          I have stated this already on this forum. He has immediately helped all his Rich Friends. And the Poor Black Ones who voted him into office are still kicked to the Curb.

          1. Feeling it
            July 14, 2016 at 11:08 am

            Idiot. I live in Grande Riviere and am not white.I pay property tax. You are just an ignorant delusional fool trying to ridicule the will of the people. Bye bye Kenny and bye bye bobolist Hilaire. Labour is bitterness and division. Disgusting.

  6. Anonymous
    July 13, 2016 at 9:32 pm Reply

    Hurricane Allen strikes again!

    1. Anonymous
      July 13, 2016 at 10:14 pm Reply

      Haha…amen

  7. read before we speak
    July 13, 2016 at 10:22 pm Reply

    we speak of him telling lies right. how truthful are u to judge the pm. he is human. we all can make silly mistakes or misinterpret this. look for example can we always trust the infor that we get from google. stop calling the man a liar. we are waiting for his down fall but i have faith that this government will do better. some of us only wait to comment on the negative things. we need to focus on want is going on and be quick to listen and slow to talk

    1. Woundering and lamenting
      July 14, 2016 at 12:54 am Reply

      And if it was the other way there would be no ifs no buts but it would be all the truth right?

    2. Anon1
      July 14, 2016 at 8:41 am Reply

      8 instead of 800 isn’t a silly mistake. Doesn’t he have a degree in Business!

      And don’t only focus on negativity.

    3. lol
      July 14, 2016 at 10:15 am Reply

      Omg…you not serious Allan must be your (Words removed)

    4. no
      July 14, 2016 at 11:37 am Reply

      So true my friend

  8. Anonymous
    July 14, 2016 at 1:42 am Reply

    Allen will always be the pathological liar that he’s known to bfe

  9. Sad-But-True
    July 14, 2016 at 1:44 am Reply

    Even the US is getting Tired of this boy.Lol, He lies when there is NO cause. This guy has some serious mental issues. And his Daddy knows all about it.

  10. Anonymous
    July 14, 2016 at 1:45 am Reply

    Be

  11. Anonymous
    July 14, 2016 at 9:19 am Reply

    That’s correct

  12. REALIST
    July 14, 2016 at 9:42 am Reply

    PM THE MOMENT I HEARD YOU MADE THE STATEMENT ABOUT DEPORTEE CAUSING CRIME HERE I KNEW YOU MADE A BIG BLENDER,O MAKE STATMENT SUCH AS THESE YOU MUST HAVE STATS YOU ARE MAKING IT WORSE WHEN YOU MAKE STATEMENTS ESPECIALLY WITH THE SITUATION BETWEEN THE USA AND ST LUCIA REFERENCE TO IMPACS,PM YOU NEED TO SEEK ADVISE AND CONSULT OTHERS BEFORE YOU MAKE STATEMENTS AND THATS ONE OF YOUR PROBLEMS AND IT WILL BE YOUR DOWN FALL IF YOU DONT CHANGE THE WAY YOU DO THINGS WORD OF ADVISE

  13. Anonymous
    July 14, 2016 at 12:11 pm Reply

    salooooooooooppppp i hope yall got wht yall wanted

  14. Cleo
    July 14, 2016 at 12:20 pm Reply

    The PM never referred to St. Lucia alone. He was talking about the Caribbean countries having all these deportees being sent home. So why you think the former PM said we have serial Rapist among us? Is because he knows they were deported to St. Lucia, both from the US and Canada. They are here in our Midst!!
    All the Monies the US has spent and is spending this year we have not benefited. Last year they left St. Lucia out also this year the training was going on in St. Vincent and St. Lucia was not part of it.

  15. sky
    July 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm Reply

    The PM is a pathological liar. St Lucians need to open their eyes. Good luck with the reduction in taxes trust me it will be replaced somehow.

  16. Anonymous
    July 17, 2016 at 11:31 pm Reply

    St lucia news on line

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