Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has declared that using the Caribbean Community’s Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) report against his administration will not succeed.
In 2014, IMPACS concluded an investigation into alleged extra-judicial killings by Saint Lucia police.
The multiple killings in 2010 and 2011 occurred during a police anti-crime campaign dubbed ‘Operation Restore Confidence’.
The operation occurred under a United Workers Party (UWP) administration.
Responsible for National Security, Pierre had attracted criticism from the now opposition UWP for his recent responses when a reporter questioned him regarding the IMPACS report.
“I didn’t create the IMPACS report,” Pierre explained at a ceremony on Monday.
“The Prime Minister before me had a copy of the IMPACS report. I am not the only one who had a copy of the IMPACS report. Why suddenly the IMPACS report has become my cross?” He asked.
“It was there before me. It was there for the last five years,” Pierre, whose administration the electorate voted into office at July 26, 2021, general elections, stated.
“The action that they say should be taken could have been taken in the last five years,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister said.
He vowed to police officers that he would maintain the separation of powers.
But he also said he would try to see what he could do.
“I will try. I will not promise. I have had discussions with several people about the IMPACS report. I understand the plight of the men who their life is in limbo,” the Castries East MP said.
“I can say to you, it is not easy. But we are trying. In the Cabinet we are trying and I hope that we can resolve these issues. But for the cheap and desperate politicians and their surrogates who want to use it as what they think is a whip against this government, it will not work,” the Prime Minister declared.
He said the people of Saint Lucia know that the IMPACS issue existed a long time before the current government.
“It’s not my baby. I didn’t create it. But I will try to solve it,” Pierre said.
The Prime Minister spoke on Monday at a sod-turning ceremony for the Gros Islet Police Divisional Headquarters.