Premier Calls on Citizens to do More to Protect Fragile Tourism Sector

Speaking on local radio a few days ago, the Premier said that the police would continue to offer security services to dignitaries who come to the island, pointing out that, “what I think is necessary is that when dignitaries come to the country that we are aware of it, and that we offer the highest level of protection, and that is a position that we will carry out.”

Mr. Parry’s comments come as a result of the recent robbery, at Golden Rock, Nevis, of a US Judge, Stephen Breyer.

The Premier said the police have been very involved in investigating the crime against the visiting jurist from the beginning, and he is satisfied that the police have been doing everything within their power to deal with the situation.

Parry was at pains to point out, “I want to reassure everyone that it is very safe on the island of Nevis, and that the police and the government have taken as many steps as they can to ensure security of our people and our visitors.”

He also cautioned the population that ‘there is a need to be very careful how they conduct themselves”.

“I want to make an appeal to the people of Nevis, just as I would make an appeal to the people of St. Kitts, that when people are acting out of line, that we inform the police. I think we have a sub-culture right now of not telling the police everything and perhaps we need to change that.”

The Premier said he personally visited the US Supreme Court last Friday (10th February, 2012), in the wake of a criminal activity upon him.

Breyer, a homeowner and frequent visitor to Nevis for the last 18 years, was startled by an intruder at his Golden Rock home last Thursday evening, when in the presence of his wife and guests.

Premier Parry, who is also the Minister of Tourism in the Nevis Island Administration, stressed the importance of tourism to the economy of Nevis, St. Kitts and the whole Caribbean. He advised people to protect the fragile tourism industry as much as they can, and he assured listeners that as a government, they are doing everything within their power to make sure that they continue to keep the country safe.

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