Mr. Nisbett said, “Our Government has been an ardent advocate of the constitutional tenets of peace, order and good governance in our relentless pursuit to adhere to the rule of law and the principles of natural justice. We therefore embrace our international partners in an effort to combat crime in both the local and international arena.”
In remarks prior to the start on negotiations at the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Attorney General said St. Kitts and Nevis embraces Taiwan as an international partner in an effort to combat crime in both the local and international arena.
Nisbett continued, “Indeed the changing and complex face of crime in this millennium has clearly demonstrated that in order to thwart the forces of evil we must work collectively to ensure the peace and safety of all our nations. Our Government has undertaken a number of other initiatives to address the incidence of crime at the national and international level,” and added that no initiative at addressing this incidence would be viable without due consideration of the impact of developments in the international community.
He said it has been observed that over the last two or three decades there has been a significant shift in crime which has triggered an international response of bolstering security.
“This has been impacted by the phenomenal concept of globalisation that drives and informs international political, economic and social policy decisions,” the Attorney General said.
He said St. Kitts and Nevis is part of the global village and, as such, the porous nature of its borders as a small developing country has heightened the vulnerability to be impacted by certain styles of criminal activities and related developments in the global community.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Attorney General said that strong ties have been forged between the twin-island Federation and Taiwan and both nations have fostered mutual benefits that would continue to redound for the prosperity for all.
“This Treaty represents another monumental step towards the promotion of strong ties of international cooperation,” said the Attorney General.
Taiwan’s Resident Ambassador Miguel Tsao in brief remarks, said crime fighting is now an international issue and a global threat.
“No country by itself alone can get rid of the intimidation, threat, presence and danger of crime, and that is why it is of utmost importance to work together to fight this scourge and create a suitable environment for all citizens. I am so elated about the future signing of this Extradition Treaty to help reduce the volume of crime committed in either of our countries,” said Ambassador Tsao adding that he was happy of the strides made by St. Kitts and Nevis in reducing crime in recent times.
He pointed out that the Republic of China (Taiwan) is an island country located in the Western Pacific, looming large in foreign trade.
“Without trade, we couldn’t subsist. One of the most indispensible pre-requisite to create and sustain trade is security. In this regard, we can indeed say that we need to cooperate with friendly countries to reach our goals,” said Ambassador Tsao.
He said hammering out the Treaty of Extradition will bode well for cracking down on crime, as it means an improvement in security.
“The discussions between both sides will seek to organize a task force as the first step to inking our Treaty,” he said at the start of negotiations.
The visiting delegation from the Republic of China (Taiwan) is lead by Prosecutor Mr. Ju-chang Yu in the Ministry of Justice, and the Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Jen-liang Huang and Political Counsel in the Embassy of the Republic of China Taiwan).
St. Kitts and Nevis’ delegation is led by Senior Parliamentary Counsel, Mr. Israel Mukasa, Parliamentary Counsels, Ms. Karen Hughes and Ms. Allison Isaac and Senior Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Samuel Berridge.