Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Holliday included in Caruana team for United Nations

Deputy Chief Minister Joe Holliday will be accompanying Chief Minister Peter Caruana to the United Nations this week.

This is the first time that Mr Holliday travels to New York in an official capacity to support Mr Caruana, who will once again be addressing the Fourth Committee. (Fourth Committee on Decolonisation)

Mr Holliday’s inclusion in the UN team, is linked to his promotion earlier this year to the post of Deputy Chief Minister. According to political observers it also strengthens the GSD (Gibraltar Social Democrats) presence in a delegation that includes new member Daniel Feetham, at a sensitive time for the ruling party given the recent internal strain related to the merger with Labour. Only last week, Keith Azopardi, himself a former deputy Chief Minister, resigned from the party in disagreement with the move.

A Gibraltar Government spokesman said:

“Chief Minister Peter Caruana left Gibraltar yesterday to attend the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool before travelling on to New York to address the Fourth Committee on decolonisation later this week.

The Chief Minister who is accompanied by his Private Secretary John Reyes will be hosting a Gibraltar Government reception at the Tory party conference.

While in the United Kingdom the Chief Minister will be met by Deputy Chief Minister, Joe Holliday, the Chief Secretary, Ernest Montado and Press Secretary Francis Cantos who will accompany him to New York.

On Wednesday morning (at approx 11.30am Gibraltar time) the Chief Minister is scheduled to be the main guest on Sky’s Sunrise TV programme.

Media engagements with international correspondents in New York have been organised for the Chief Minister ahead of his address to the UN on Thursday afternoon. He will also be hosting a lunch for the Gibraltar-American Council in New York.

As has been the case on recent occasions Daniel Feetham will accompany the Gibraltar Government delegation.”

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