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Focus on more pressing matters, AG

Published:Thursday | June 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Editor , Sir:

When PM Holness announced his Cabinet, I was concerned that he had given elder statesmen like Karl Samuda and Mike Henry so much to do. Now I understand why. It seems that this was done in order to reduce the workload of younger persons like AG Malahoo Forte.

US Embassy flags are flown at half mast all over the world. I gather the LGBT flag is flown too. This earned the ire of our AG who raised objections to this being done here, on social media. May I bring to the attention of the learned lady the Vienna Convention's comments on Diplomatic Relations (1961) specifically Article 22. It reads like this:

1. The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter them, except with the consent of the head of the mission.

2. The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity.

3. The premises of the mission, their furnishings and other property thereon and the means of transport of the mission shall be immune from search, requisition, attachment or execution.

I can think of three pressing matters in her ministry and another five in her constituency that are crying out for attention. These would reduce the time she has to wander all the way up to Liguanea and peep over the US embassy's fence.

This is an accredited diplomatic mission, Madam AG. The US is a country that has legalized gay marriages. Although the territory does not belong to the US, the mission is protected and considered US property.

Hope to hear something worthwhile from you soon, AG.

Glenn Tucker