Basseterre, St. Kitts, Monday, 5th April, 2019, (MyVueNews.com) – National Security ministers and officials from across the Caribbean are today (Friday) meeting in St. Vincent to examine issues that could help strengthen the safety and security of the citizens of the member states that make up their regional system.
Leading the delegation from St. Kitts and Nevis is the Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Timothy Harris.
Also there as part of Harris’ delegation are the Acting Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy, Commander of the Defence Force, Lieutenant Colonel of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, Mr. Joseph Anthony Comrie.
An official statement explained that the Regional Security System, (RSS), Council of Ministers Meeting, will tackle various critical issues and the signing of two (2) Memorandums of Understanding.
As part of the preparation for Friday’s meeting, Police Commissioners and Heads of the Defence Force for each territory, met to help iron out a number of matters that are to be addressed by the ministers, some of whom are Prime Ministers.
That meeting was convened under the chairmanship of the Commissioner of Police for the host nation, Collin John.
When the ministers gathered on Friday at the Beachcombers Hotel, remarks were delivered by host Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, representatives from the United States Embassy, which supports regional security forces, as well as a delegate from the European Union, another partner of the program.
The Regional Security System promotes cooperation among the Member States in the prevention and interdiction of traffic in illegal narcotic drugs.
It also provides assistance to the countries involved in matters related to national emergencies; search and rescue; immigration control; fisheries protection; customs and excise control; maritime policing duties; natural and other disasters and pollution control.
The RSS is also heavily involved in combating threats to national security; the prevention of smuggling, and the protection of off-shore installations and exclusive economic zones.
The RSS is the military support unit for the OECS sub-region.
Its membership comprises the independent countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, namely Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines along with Barbados, which is a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member State.
RSS Council Members comprise Government Ministers who hold responsibility for the National Security portfolio in their respective countries.
St. Kitts and Nevis recently benefitted from the support of security personnel from the RSS, who were deployed here in the first quarter of the year to help deal with rising criminal activities, especially homicides.
A similar meeting was held in St. Kitts on 17th March, 2017.