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Monday, August 22, 2005 - The Government of Saint Lucia wants to reassure the members of public that in spite of media reports to the contrary, expressions of condolence were made to the people of Martinique who lost friends and family in the recent plane crash in Venezuela. The crash occurred on the morning of Tuesday August 16th resulting in the death of 152 residents of Martinique.

In the days following the accident, the Government of Saint Lucia extended condolences in the following ways. Firstly, in a statement issued on August 17th 2005, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony stated that he was touched by the accident and shared the pain and sorrow of the people of Martinique as they attempted to deal with their tremendous loss.

Secondly, official expressions of condolence were made to the Mr. Bernard Venzo French Ambassador to Saint Lucia through the Ministry of External Affairs International Trade and Civil Aviation.

Thirdly, Saint Lucia’s General Counsel in Martinique Mr. Casius Elias also officially expressed condolences to the government authorities in Martinique on behalf of the Government and people of Saint Lucia. Mr. Elias also made several public statements through the media in Saint Lucia and Martinique on the plane crash and its effects on the people of Martinique.

Prime Minister Kenny Anthony reaffirmed that the Government of Saint Lucia will continue its communications with the People of Martinique through the offices of the Consul General, Mr. Casius Elias.

The Government and people of Saint Lucia will be represented at the funeral of the victims of the plane crash by a member of the cabinet of Ministers.


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