Browne who is also the Co-Chairperson of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, (CBSI) Commission, was at the time addressing representatives at the Second Meeting of the group, when they met recently in Guyana.
She said that St. Kitts and Nevis will work closely and with courage with other countries and agencies, as they try to advance their mandate to take security to a higher level. Browne said they are committed to fighting the evil of crime.
Mrs. Astona Browne, delivering address at the meeting in Guyana
A government release quoted her as saying that significant stride had been made in combating crime in the Region and avowed that “we will advance with our mandate to take security in the region to a higher level.” However, she warned that “we cannot survive alone.” “We must build strong bridges of cooperation with traditional and non-traditional states and agencies that are committed to the cause of global peace.”
The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative was launched in May 2010 following US
President Barrack Obama’s announcement to plough an initial US$45 million into the
Caribbean to start a “shared security partnership” among CARICOM Member States, the Dominican Republic and the United States with a view to tackling crime and violence in both regions.
Browne said, notwithstanding the perception that progress was slow, “We will continue to interrupt the plans of criminals who would venture to move through our borders and disrupt those who would dare to perpetrate criminal activities in our waters.”
The meeting was held in Georgetown Guyana on 13th October, 2011.