US ambassador meets with Vincentian envoy, expresses regret at arrest

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice and St. Vincent and the ambassador to the United Nations, Camillo Gonsalves on Tuesday discussed he March 28 arrest of Gonsalves (Photo: SVG U.N. Mission).

NEW YORK, USA – U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice met on Tuesday with her Vincentian counterpart, Camillo Gonsalves to discuss Gonsalves’ arrest by a New York Police Department (NYPD) cop on March 28.

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) U.N. Mission said in a statement that Rice expressed regret on behalf of herself and the U.S. government at the incident in which Gonsalves was arrested and detained as he attempted to enter his office.

Rice, who is a member of cabinet of the U.S. government, visited Gonsalves at his office in the Permanent Mission of SVG to the United Nations, the first time a cabinet-level official of the U.S. government visited the Vincentian Mission.

Gonsalves, recognizing that Rice is President of the United Nations Security Council at a particularly busy period in the Council’s agenda, stressed his appreciation that she had taken a personal interest in the matter, and had taken the time to visit him at his office, the statement said.

“The half-hour conversation took place in a friendly and positive atmosphere, befitting the longstanding history of excellent relations between the United States of America and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The two Ambassadors covered all of the issues surrounding the 28 March incident. They discussed the facts of the incident, as well as the larger issues related to the interactions between sovereign countries and their diplomatic representatives.”

Rice informed Gonsalves that the NYPD would undertake a thorough internal examination of what took place on March 28.

The Vincentian envoy has previously detailed his assault, arrest and detention by the NYPD in the lobby of his workplace.

Under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the relevant resolutions and agreements governing the interactions between the United Nations and the United States, diplomatic agents have immunity from arrest or detention in the exercise of their functions.

Gonsalves thanked Rice for her personal concern, empathy, and sensitivity to all of the relevant issues at play in this incident, according to the statement.

“He also updated Ambassador Rice on developments that took place since the 28 March incident. Ambassador Rice reiterated the seriousness with which the U.S. government views its obligations to ensure that the dignity and safety of United Nations’ diplomats is respected.

“Ambassador Rice also indicated that she intended to discuss the incident with both CARICOM and the 33-member Group of Latin American and Caribbean countries (GRULAC), which sent formal letters of protest to the United States Mission in solidarity with Ambassador Gonsalves,” the statement further said.

Both ambassadors agreed to keep in touch to follow up on the matter.

“The very helpful and fruitful discussion between Ambassador Rice and Ambassador Gonsalves was indicative of both the seriousness with which the U.S. Government is treating the incident at the highest levels, and the successes of the Vincentian Government’s sustained and principled diplomatic activity in defence of their sovereignty and international law. The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines welcomes the visit by Ambassador Rice and her sensitivity in this matter to be useful first steps towards ultimate resolution of this multifaceted issue,” the statement said.

The Unity Labour Party government in SVG has said that it will leave no stones unturned in its quest to seek redress and was considering diplomatic and legal options.

Gonsalves is scheduled to brief Vincentians in New York on the issue at a town hall meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (today) at Friends of Crown Heights Educational Centre, 671 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, NY, between Bedford and Franklyn Avenue.

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19 thoughts on “US ambassador meets with Vincentian envoy, expresses regret at arrest

  1. I am optimistic that a lot of good will come out of this incident. The NYPD will be more sensitive and cautious in their future dealings with all employees in that building/mission. This incident in my view will yield positive results for St.Vincent and Caricom. It doesn’t matter whether your country is fifty square miles or fifty million square miles. Your diplomats are entitled to the same treatment and respect, but you can only get that if you stand up for your right. If you cower and genuflect, and say, “WHAT WOULD AMERICA SAY/THINK? you will be humiliated and treated with disrespect. I AM VERY, VERY PROUD IN THE MANNER THIS WAS HANDLED.

    Posted by Eric Williams | April 11, 2012, 12:13



    Posted by vincypowa | April 11, 2012, 13:26
    • How dare you call me a braying jackass. You will regretfully remember this. I urge you to stand for truth and justice and in time I am sure you will.

      Posted by justice | April 12, 2012, 22:29
    • Well…….its been three days, do you have anything new to report? Was there anything that was said that wasn’t said before? Enlighten us, please, you were present right?

      Posted by vincy in bad shape | April 13, 2012, 17:18
    • Y POWA IS REALLY IN LOVE! Good for you!

      Posted by wehha | April 13, 2012, 19:28
  3. I am glad that this turned out to be exactly: “the STUPID advice of Arnim Eustace”. Good! Can we now drop this matter and get back to what is affecting this country? Or are we still going to:…. ” leave no stones unturned in its quest to seek redress and was considering diplomatic and legal options”…. If so, was the call not to make this a political issue was just to stop NDP people from talking, while the ULP milk this for all the political advantage it could get? Was all this talk ’bout patriotism just… “fart-talk”? We shall see.

    Posted by wehha | April 11, 2012, 14:12
  4. Thanks Kenton. Let light shine on thruth via journalism.

    Posted by Dexter E.M. Rose | April 11, 2012, 17:47
  5. Patriot:A patriot is someone who feels a strong support for his or her country. Last i check Ralph Gonsalves is not my country and Camillo is not my country. These are the same people who destroyed my country and have now brought shame to us on international levels (rape charge and bad behavior). Stupid people need to stop using words they don’t understand, bout “Patriot”, that was the same word George Bush was using when he was destroying the US constitution with his “patriot act” and a bunch of other mess. I am black and proud and i am not going to let a PM who thinks he is better than everyone in St Vincent to run our country into the ground and not speak out.

    Posted by blane | April 12, 2012, 22:00
  6. Camillo was born in america to a Vincentian father,and Jamaican mother..that’s different from someone born in SVG to vincentian parents ie a real Vincentian,or a Vincentian who holds a green card.I don’t consider Camillo vincentian,making him ambassador was a slap in the faces of real vincentians..if Camillo is Vincentian then Barack Obama is Kenyan.I don’t think Camillo should even be considered to be pm when Luke Brown/Saboto Caesar/Arnhim Eustace/Vynette/Anesia etc are all 110% Vincentian…no patriotic Vincentian would ever vote for Camillo plain and simple.If our rules on who can be pm were as strict as America’s rules on who could be president,he couldn’t even enter the race.Only people born in SVG should be pm,as disgusting as I find De Komrade at least he was born here,his other children are also more vincentian than Camillo because they were born in SVG..The nonsense still happens where Vincentian parents deliberately give birth in the USA so their children will be american citizens,and claim social security,and all the benefits accorded to their child by virtue of being american,but “some” of them can’t compete in America so they come back to teef poor vincy children lunch/ambassadorship etc Camillo should stay in new york and run as a democrat lets see if he gets one vote.Camillo hasn’t spent years in the political wlderness,starving,plotting revenge like a certain someone.Yo want make me wait 40 years to be pm,tek dat? lmao SVG is over 200 years old one man can’t destroy svg,there are too many patriotic vincentians wating to rebuild the country,but in the meantime we watch him try his best to destroy svg and bring the office of pm in disrepute.Funny thing every future pm will be seen as a beggar or a potential rapist,people will no longer look at the post of pm the same way again.
    “A prefer you to be a street cleaner,than to be a prime minister or a rapist beggar,don’t do that honey,don’t do that to me” That’s the remix of a Fatty Dan song

    Posted by Joe | April 14, 2012, 04:11
  7. VINCYPOWA, why did you mention Joe twice in your post, I hope your not giving him a better rateing than the rest of us mentioned.

    VP, I would expect such an idiotic post by you, you are the Caribbeans biggest dunce and Marxist scum supporter.

    How did the cottaging go over Easter? did you get arrested again?

    The Hitler rememberence medal is being prepared for you, and I cannot think of anyone who deserves it more.

    DONKEY, remember that Donkey Gonsalves and Mule Gonsalves are the real braying duo, they are the ones that VINCYPOWA is paid to protect from the truth. VINCYPOWA likes to hide behind the pile of dung that they produce, that is why he is such a stinker.

    Posted by Peter | April 14, 2012, 07:19
  8. I wonder if Camillo and the other ulp people would publish their tax returns,they probably make more than obama

    Posted by Joe | April 14, 2012, 15:27
  9. Well months gone by, story dead, no one sued, all the old bollocks sent to trash can. Boy keeps job, still arrogant and untrained in diplomacy, just hope this was a sharp lesson for him, but doubt it will curb his idiotic actions.

    Posted by Peter | April 25, 2012, 10:20
  10. Remember this boy is not a real Vincentian, he is an American with a Jamaican mother.

    Posted by Peter | April 29, 2012, 19:45
  11. PETER, I am WILLING to BET he is more VINCENTIAN than U R.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | April 30, 2012, 00:10
  12. now ulp people talking bout Maya Eustace,Eustace aint dotish like Ralph,only Ralph go pick he picknee, Vincypowa we pick Ralph we nah pick he picknee,nor he cousin

    Posted by Joe | April 30, 2012, 00:55
  13. VINCYPOWA, on what grounds is he a Vincentian?

    I am willing to bet he is less of a Vincentian than your are.

    Posted by Peter | May 1, 2012, 00:36


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