The United Workers Party (UWP) has promised to announce the terms of reference of an independent tribunal to deal with the IMPACS case, within one hundred days of coming into office.
The announcement was made this morning by UWP Chairman and former National Security Minister, Guy Mayers.
Mayers, under whose watch as Minister a number of alleged extra judicial killings by members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) occurred, said the proposed tribunal would review what has transpired so far and to recommend a way forward.
“This is a serious matter that must be addressed,” Mayers declared.
The former Minister told the news conference that Saint Lucia can no longer afford to have the matter languish.
He said that as a people, Saint Lucians must demonstrate commitment to the observance of law and order, human rights and the rule of law.
Mayers observed that France and the United Kingdom individually and collectively as members of the European Union, along with the United States, have all expressed reservations about the current government’s inaction following the submission of the IMPACS report.
The report was compiled by a team of Jamaican investigators probing the police killings of twelve Saint Lucians between the period of 2010 and 2011.
The killings occurred during a police campaign dubbed – Operation Restore Confidence.
Mayers said closure to the matter was important not only because Saint Lucia continues to lose assistance to its law enforcement and security agencies, but also because as a sovereign nation it has an obligation first to its people and also to the community of nations with whom this country has friendly relations.