Prime Minister Stuart signs maritime boundaries agreement

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Added 06 July 2017

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart signs the Maritime Boundaries Agreement between Barbados and St Lucia with Prime Minister Allan Chastenet. Foreign Service Officer 1 Sandra Gittens is at left. (BGIS)

Prime Minister Stuart signs maritime boundaries agreement

PRIME MINISTER Freundel Stuart and his St Lucian counterpart, Prime Minister Allen Chastenet, today signed a treaty establishing a maritime boundary agreement between the two countries.

The signing was completed in the margins of the Thirty-eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), now wrapping up in St George’s, Grenada.

In a statement following the ceremony, Stuart heralded the signing as an occasion that demonstrated “the commitment to foster closer regional integration and closer cooperation that is still alive with the regional grouping”.

He added: “The twin issues of ocean governance and the blue economy are becoming increasing topical. Part and parcel of both endeavours is the ability of a state to exercise jurisdiction unimpeded over the ocean space appertaining to it. …To be able to agree with one’s neighbours exactly where their jurisdiction begins and yours ends, and vice versa, is thus a matter of the highest import to the proper conduct of the business of the state.”

He lauded the alacrity with which both countries came to the agreement, noting that it spoke volumes about the “breadth, the depth and the tenor of regional cooperation and the spirit of unity that have traditionally characterised CARICOM interstate relations”.

Stuart reminded persons that CARICOM Members States not only exist in close proximity to each other, but also share a history and cultural identity that will facilitate “an enduring bond of kinship among our peoples”.

St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines also signed a similar agreement between themselves today.

A third maritime boundary delimitation agreement between Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines was concluded and signed in 2015, and is also in force. (BGIS)

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