Prime Min­is­ter Thanks Bri­tain for Hur­ri­cane To­mas As­sis­tance

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Prime Min­is­ter Hon­ourable Allen M. Chas­tanet of­fi­cially wel­comed His Royal High­ness Prince Henry of Wales to Saint Lu­cia on Thurs­day evening and also thanked Bri­tain for its con­tin­ued sup­port to the island.

Fol­low­ing the Prince’s ar­rival in Saint Lu­cia on 24th Novem­ber 2016 and the in­spec­tion of the Guard, a very brief cer­e­mony was held at Pointe Seraphine where the Prince was pre­sented with a plaque from the Gov­ern­ment and Peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia.

Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet in ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion to present the gift said, “Saint Lu­cia’s re­la­tions with Bri­tain re­main sound and your visit here to­day bears tes­ti­mony to that. If we needed fur­ther ev­i­dence of our bond with the Bri­tish we got it in Oc­to­ber of 2010 when Hur­ri­cane To­mas, the strong­est weather event to hit out island in most of our life­times, rav­aged our country. Within 48 hours af­ter we were struck by this im­mense hur­ri­cane that left hun­dreds home­less, the Bri­tish were on hand to pro­vide as­sis­tance. The hard­est hit ar­eas of Soufriere and Fond St Jac­ques ben­e­fit­ted from water, food, medicine and other im­me­di­ate ne­ces­si­ties which were air­lifted from the Bri­tish Bat­tle­ship HMS Manch­ester which was an­chored off the coast of Soufriere.”

Be­fore mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, the Prime Min­is­ter also spoke about some of the chal­lenges small island states face as it re­lates to Cli­mate Change.

“We are de­lighted that you have em­barked on this his­toric Caribbean tour and we are even more elated that you have come to Saint Lu­cia to of­fi­cially launch the Queen’s Com­mon­wealth Canopy, which fo­cuses on pro­tect­ing the world’s forests,” noted the PM. “As we con­tinue to de­velop our island as a tourism des­ti­na­tion at the fore­front of our minds must al­ways be the pro­tec­tion of our acres of un­spoiled rain­for­est, miles of beaches and our nat­u­ral wa­ter­falls. Yes, Saint Lu­cia is one of the most beau­ti­ful places on earth.

How­ever, we in the Caribbean are also the most vul­ner­a­ble to the ef­fects of cli­mate change, such as sea level rise and ex­treme me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal events. There is no greater ex­am­ple of the ef­fects of Cli­mate Change in the Caribbean than the dis­as­ter of what has hap­pened to our broth­ers and sis­ters in Haiti.”

The Prime Min­is­ter made a call for larger coun­tries to pro­vide an in­jec­tion of tan­gi­ble com­pen­sa­tion for the Cli­mate Change.

Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet also in­vited the Prince to en­joy the splen­dour that is Saint Lu­cia and high­lighted the op­por­tu­nity the Prince will have to visit the south of the island.

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