Brantley was referring to the fire that totally destroyed the Venezuelan embassy located at Wigley Avenue, Fortlands and the attempted burning of the OAS offices, next door on Horsford’s Road, also in Fortlands.
The acting Fire Chief for the country, Everette O’Garro did confirm in an exclusive interview with MiyVue.com on Sunday that from their initial investigations, arson is suspected as the cause of both fires.
Brantley added, “We find especially abhorrent any attack on the personnel or property of friendly foreign Nations which have all provided and continue to provide invaluable support to the people of our Nation.”
The Opposition Leader said that he has already made direct telephone contact with the resident Venezuelan Ambassador and the resident OAS representative. “I have expressed the Opposition’s profound sorrow and revulsion at these unfortunate developments. I have also assured them both of the unwavering commitment of the Opposition to the bonds of friendship and cooperation that St. Kitts and Nevis has always enjoyed with the government and people of Venezuela and the many governments and peoples represented by the OAS.”
He concluded his comments by saying, “Your Loyal Opposition is committed to good governance, the maintenance of law and order and the elevation of our country above ourselves. I wish to commend our firefighters for their rapid response in saving the OAS premises and for preventing any loss of life or further loss of property. I wish also to remind all of our people that we are and continue to be a country where peace abounds. Just as your Loyal Opposition has led the fight to protect and preserve our democracy, so too must we now lead the fight to protect and preserve the peace and stability of our country.”
He also called on citizens and residents to offer the Police their fullest cooperation and he hoped fervently that if indeed these were acts of arson, the perpetrators will be brought to swift and decisive justice.
The fire services responded to the fire at the OAS offices just after midnight while their call to the Venezuelan embassy was approximately 4:00pm, Sunday 5th January, 2014.