Foreign relations of Saint Lucia

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Saint Lucia is a member of several internal organizations, including the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organization of American States, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). It maintains friendly relations with the major powers active in the Caribbean, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and France.

St. Lucia participated in the American-led invasion of Grenada in 1983, sending members of its Special Services Unit into active duty. It was subsequently one of eight countries to cast a vote against a United Nations General Assembly motion condemning the invasion.[1]

As a member of CARICOM, St. Lucia strongly backed efforts by the United States to implement UN Security Council Resolution 940, designed to restore democracy to Haiti. The country agreed to contribute personnel to the multinational force, which restored the democratically elected government of Haiti in October 1994.

St. Lucia participated, along with 14 other Caribbean nations, in a summit with US President Bill Clinton in Bridgetown, Barbados, in May 1997. The summit, which was the first-ever meeting in the region between the U.S. and Caribbean heads of government, strengthened the basis for regional cooperation on justice and counternarcotics, finance and development, and trade issues.

St. Lucia had official diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan) for about 13 years, but switched recognition to the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1997. On 25 April 2007, the Premier of the Republic of China Su Tseng-chang, announced that St. Lucia and the ROC would resume formal diplomatic relations.[2] On May 1, 2007, St. Lucia regained diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan).[3] Within a few days, the People’s Republic of China suspended diplomatic relations.[4]

Saint Lucia has no extant international disputes aside from tension resulting from the island's status as a transit point for South American drugs destined for the United States and Europe.

Saint Lucia's Permanent Representative (or ambassador) to the United Nations is Anthony Severin.

International organization participation: ACCT (associate), ACP, ALBA, C, Caricom, CDB, CELAC, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Interpol, IOC, ISO (subscriber), ITU, NAM, OAS, OECS, OPANAL, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO

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  1. ^ Richard Bernstein, "U.N. ASSEMBLY ADOPTS MEASURE 'DEEPLY DEPLORING' INVASION OF ISLE," New York Times, 3 November 1983. The other countries were the United States, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, El Salvador, Israel, Jamaica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
  2. ^ "St. Lucia dumps PRC for Taiwan", The Taipei Times, 2007-04-26
  3. ^ 「台聖復交/加勒比海島國 人口17萬 出過兩位諾貝爾獎主」, ET today, 2007/05/01 10:37
  4. ^ China suspends ties with St Lucia, ChannelNewsAsia, 5/5/07