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By John Emmanuel

September 7, 1998 - Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Earl Huntley is this week spearheading efforts, at establishing a separate St. Lucia High Commission in London. In the past St. Lucia and other OECS countries have shared the mission in London, however the number of countries forming the mission has been on the decline.

In an interview with the GIS, Huntley indicated that up to January of this year only 3 countries formed the mission: St. Lucia, St. Vincent and St. Kitts and Nevis. The decision to separate the missions was at an OECS authority meeting, held at the beginning of the year. "They have decided to retain the building where the joint mission is presently located," said Huntley. He added that arrangements are to be put in place as to how the three new missions are going to occupy the space and what other joint arrangements can be put in place.

Meantime St. Lucia’s ambassador designate to the United Nations Julian Hunte, will begin work on the UN General Assembly, which starts in 2 weeks, and oversee the operations at the Consulate in New York. That office is made up of two sections: the mission to the UN and Consulate General which deals with matters relating to nationals, investment an economic development promotion. "One of his immediate tasks is to look into the integration of the National Development Corporation offices and the St. Lucia Tourist Board offices which are housed in the consulate," said Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Earl Huntley.


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