Revue de presse du 04 mai 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU JEUDI 04 MAI 2017
According to reports, a Chinese national who is one of six foreign nationals alleged to be on Interpol’s Wanted List is being harboured by the Government. The individual was granted St Kitts-Nevis Citizenship under the Citizenship by Investment Programme in 2013 under the previous administration. The government has responded to the allegations.
The decision by the Government to waive all diplomatic immunity for individuals whom the United States Authorities may wish to question in connection with the late John Ashe bribery scandal has been described as signification by a well-known regional senior counsel. Washington made a request to the Government for assistance in the criminal proceedings. It is alleged that persons who hold diplomatic passports may be subject of the investigation.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
Caribbean News Now
Following statements made last month by the National Security Minister during an address at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon concerning the new border entity to be established in Saint Lucia, the US State Department has clarified that no funds have been approved or disbursed for the border security force. It was also reiterated that the sanctions imposed by the US are still in place against the security forces under the Leahy Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act.
The Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas held in Canada where delegates from 50 countries gathered, including the Caribbean, was the first opportunity to discuss on a regional plan which will help and guide governments in their efforts to strengthen their ties to the 2030 Climate Change Adaption and Disaster Risk Reduction. The Caribbean, including the OECS Member States, will be among the most severely impacted by greenhouse gas emissions despite them being a minute contributor, and therefore, inaction will be very costly.
Shortly before the televised debate between presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen on Wednesday evening, an internet campaign was launched by the opposition candidate that Macron had concealed funds in a foreign tax haven. Macron has denied the allegations and said that legal action will be taken. Polls are indicating that Macron is 20 percentage points ahead of Le Pen to win the Elysée and he was also the more convincing in the debate.