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T&T committed to regional security

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T&T committed to regional security

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PARAMARIBO, Suriname, CMC –Trinidad and Tobago Friday reiterated its commitment to regional security as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders moved into the final day of their two-day inter-sessional summit here.
“The Government of Trinidad and Tobago is committed to regional security and wishes to reassure the region of its continued high interest,” said Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar.
“CARICOM with all its rich human resource, local knowledge can come together and build a virtual wall around the region. Failure to do so can result in a complete breakdown in law and order and lead to the region surrendering to the lawless and those with other motives inimical to the peace and stability of the region,” she said.
She told the summit that her administration “remains steadfast in its commitment to address security threats.
“Through its Security and Intelligence infrastructure Trinidad and Tobago continues to monitor crime and security developments nationally and internationally. As a result of the trends and patterns as indicated by crime and murder statistics in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider CARICOM region, I wish to assure member states that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago is extremely concerned with the security situation both at home and regionally.”
Prime Minister Persad Bissessar urged regional leaders to continue working with other governments in areas including the sharing of information, intelligence and expertise.
But she said the local and regional institutions must be held to high standards and must discharge their duties with professionalism.
She said there is a definite need to monitor international developments with a view to alerting member states to potential issues and expressed the hope that he CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as well as the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC) and the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC) working together could provide regional countries with the information needed to address emerging threats.
She told her regional colleagues of the establishment a Regional Coordinating Unit within the Office of the Prime Minister, which will among other things monitor national, regional and international trends with a view to contributing to the development of regional strategies.
This Unit will also provide oversight for IMPACS; and cited that the Trinidad delegation wished to assure CARICOM of its Government’s commitment to augmenting the security assets within the region through the acquisition of four medium twin turbine helicopters; evaluating the acquisition of two Long Rage Patrol Vessels capable of  regional patrol. She said consideration is also being given for the increase of its fixed wing assets.
She said that Trinidad and Tobago has been meticulous in meeting its financial commitment and also urged member countries to ratify the CARICOM Maritime and Airspace Security Cooperative Agreement which would be a major step toward securing the region.