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US-British meddling in St. Vincent & The Grenadines to oust ALBA

By Patrick J. O’Donoghue | VHeadline News | September 02, 2010

Radio Nacional de Venezuela (RNV) has published a letter written by St Vincent & the Grenadines Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves to the international community, denouncing destabilization attempts by British and United States groups.

In a three-page letter, Gonsalves singled out the “interference” of the co-founders of the US-based Co-habitat organization and their campaign to “save democracy for just five dollars.” The letter stated that the island’s opposition New Democratic Party is backing the campaign.

The Prime Minister also mentioned interference on the part of the British company, Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) as working to “undermine the government and Vincentian sovereignty.”

Elections are due to take place within the next two or three months and the main target of the opposition and foreign groups is cut off the relations between the government and President Chavez. The opposition, if it wins the election, is expected to take St. Vincent and The Grenadines out of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA).

Gonsalves had been expected to visit Venezuela at the beginning of August to review PetroCaribe and ALBA trade agreements and seek markets for banana exports. was unable to get any confirmation or information from the Prime Minister’s Office in St Vincent regarding a future Gonsalves visit. The Prime Minister’s secretary stated that she was unable to make any commentary on the matter.

Former Prime Minister, Sir James Mitchell is highlighted in the Gonsalves letter as a board member of the British SCL. He has stated that he never saw “anything wrong in having foreign consultants for elections.”

Mitchell also defended US citizens operating out of St. Vincent asking for contributions to protect democracy supposedly under threat from Gonsalves, saying the “use of Internet technologies to raise funds for any cause has now become a way of life.”

The Venezuelan government has made no commentary on the letter to date.

September 5, 2010 - Posted by | Aletho News

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