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VI pays courtesy call on UN Decolonisation Chair

- Says new developments in region requires attention
H.E. Ambassador Keisha A. McGuire and Special Envoy E. Benito Wheatley. Photo: Provided
NEW YORK, USA – Amidst external pressures from the UK on certain issues such as removing belongership status and legalizing same-sex marriages in British Overseas Territories (OTs), Mr E. Benito Wheatley, Special Envoy of the Virgin Islands (VI) Government, has paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency, Ambassador Keisha A. McGuire, Esq, Chair of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation (also known as the C24).

During the engagement, held in New York on April 17, 2019, Mr Wheatley congratulated Ambassador McGuire—who is also Grenada's Permanent Representative to the UN—on her earlier election as Chair of the C24 and expressed confidence in her leadership, particularly as the VI remains a territory on the UN’s General Assembly list of non-independent countries.

Caribbean Importance 

According to a release, Mr Wheatley commenting on the meeting said, “The Caribbean remains an important area of focus for the Special Committee on Decolonisation as the UN’s third international decade for the eradication of colonialism draws to a close.”

He said as preparations are being made for the Fourth International Decade within the region, there have been a number of significant developments since the hurricanes of 2017 which demand the committee’s attention.

“I am confident that the Special Committee will successfully guide the UN’s work in this important area under the leadership of Ambassador McGuire,” he said.

The courtesy call came ahead of the United Nations Caribbean Seminar on Decolonisation in Grenada set for May 2 - 6, 2019.

5 Responses to “VI pays courtesy call on UN Decolonisation Chair”

  • one eye (25/04/2019, 18:34) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    this guy need to come home to help his country
    • concern (25/04/2019, 20:40) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Yes I agree with you. He needs to work closely with the Government. They need guidance especially the news ones.
  • The TRUTH (25/04/2019, 19:39) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ one eye...Benito needs to remain where he is doing what he is doing. The moment he gets here the DRAMA starts...BVI needs to grow up.
  • my 2 cents (25/04/2019, 22:43) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Put him back in the London office
  • IVB (26/04/2019, 08:40) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Benito continues to do a great job, whether at home or abroad for now it is best that he supports the government and the people of the BVI on the international stage. A time for him to lead may come.

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