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Gonsalves: I’m interested in the Greenback, not the Green Book!

Gonsalves: I’m interested in the Greenback, not the Green Book!

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Getting assistance from a nation does not mean you are being purchased. This sentiment was expressed by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves as he addressed a large audience{{more}} at a symposium hosted by International Airport Development Company Symposium on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at the NIS Conference Room.

Gonsalves, delivering his address, mentioned the many nations who have contributed financially to the construction of the Argyle International Airport.

Gonsalves said the countries of Cuba, the Republic of China on Taiwan and Venezuela, along with St. Vincent and the Grenadines are “the axis around which this project revolves.”

He further said that St. Vincent and the Grenadines has received assistance from other countries, including Mexico, Austria, Iran and Libya.

“I don’t have to be a supporter of the Green Book to take money from Gaddafi, when he was alive,” Gonsalves stated, referring to a contribution to the project from Libya, when the late President Muammar Gaddafi was still in office.

“I’m not interested in the Green Book. I’m interested in the Greenback,” Gonsalves quipped.

While the “Greenback” is a slang term for the United States dollar, the Green Book is the name given to a short book written by Gaddafi, which sets out his political philosophy. The book was first published in 1975 and was intended to be required reading for all Libyans.

Gaddafi was killed on October 20, 2011, in his home town Sirte, under circumstances which are still shrouded in confusion.

Gonsalves further stated that getting assistance from someone doesn’t mean that you are being purchased but rather it is a matter of International Solidarity. “…We can support each other on a number of issues, without they towing our land and we towing their land.” He stated.

The Coalition of the Willing, a group of countries which have contributed financially to the construction of the Argyle International Airport, also includes Trinidad and Tobago and Maylasia, among others.

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