The ISIS threat to the Caribbean is a concern for Saint Lucia’s National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere.
“Obviously I must have serious concerns,” the Minister told reporters.
He noted that CSME allows for fairly free movement of individuals, and for persons to enter Saint Lucia and work.
“That is obviously going to create a greater challenge than normal,” La Corbiniere asserted.
However he disclosed that advanced training had been given to some members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, and the capacity of the organization is being built up.
“We are constantly monitoring as we do both in relation to our own information and also information given by partner nations. That is ongoing,” he revealed.
Just recently a top United States general had expressed deep concern about the Isis threat to the region.
General John Kelly was concerned that a small number of motivated Islamic State fighters could commit acts of terror in Caribbean nations.
He revealed that about 150 Islamic extremists left the Caribbean region to join Islamic State fighters in the Middle East last year, about 50 more than in the previous year.
However, he said, the biggest threat might not be the extremists who leave to train and fight with the Islamic State, but the ones who stay behind.
Kelly, who oversees US security in Latin America the Caribbean, said Islamic extremist groups seem to have a new message for would-be jihadists that they stay at home and commit acts of terror.