Revue de presse du 12 mai 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU VENDREDI 12 MAI 2017
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According to the Minister for Tourism, the Government may be having second thoughts about establishing a dolphin park in Saint Lucia. The establishment of such park here in the country has sparked debate and has been condemned by many such as the Opposition, the St Lucia National Trust to mention a few. Days ago, France took steps to close such parks across the mainland and in all its territories, including those in the Caribbean. The French ban might have led to the government’s second thoughts.
In an exclusive interview, Prime Minister Skerrit has sought to defend his decision to join some regional organisations despite many criticisms. The Prime Minister says that integration of the Latin American and Caribbean countries is the best move for the citizens. Dominica is part of a number of regional bodies including ALBA, CELAC, CARICOM, OAS and OECS. He says tremendous strides have been made with these organisations.
St Lucia Times
The Minister responsible for External Affairs, Honourable Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, who has been at the forefront of encouraging dialogue on the situation in Venezuela, expresses the view that solutions need to be found “in house” within the region. She lamented the importance of dialogue and cooperation and not interference. She also spoke of concerns about human rights issues, security and the implications for democracy.
ECONOMIE ET AFFAIRE
A top Barbadian diplomat, in Washington, is speaking out on the situation in Venezuela saying that we, meaning not only his country but the entire region, need a peaceful and urgent solution to avert a crisis. He continued to speak on the decision taken by Venezuela to withdraw from the OAS, and calls it unfortunate. He is of the view that isolation will not help in the current situation.
SECURITE ET JUSTICE
There is a new twist to the ongoing investigations into the matter regarding the Chinese economic citizen. Prime Minister Harris not only blamed Former Prime Minister Douglas for the situation which the country now finds itself in, but also for not taking any action. The former Commissioner of Police has now come to the defense of the former Prime Minister stating that the information received from Interpol was never passed on to the then Prime Minister who was also the Minister for National Security.
Last week, France banned the breeding in captivity of dolphins, with the Minister responsible for the Environment, Ségolène Royal having signed legislation introducing tight controls on the reproduction of the animals. The latter is sure to have some kind of implications for Saint Lucia’s efforts to establish a “dolphinarium” in the north of the island, a project which has brought much controversy between the Government and the St Lucia National Trust, the State-appointed protector of national heritage.