Minister of Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Hermangild Francis, was off to neighbouring Martinique Wednesday for a meeting of the Franco-Saint Lucian Security Committee.
Francis told reporters before departing for the two day meeting that Saint Lucia wants to strengthen security ties with Martinique in order to bolster the fight against illegal guns and drugs.
“Most of our drugs seem to be coming from Saint Vincent and Martinique – that’s the triangle there and we suspect that a lot of guns are actually coming from Martinique,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner explained.
“If we can liaise with the French we should be able to make a dent in the number of firearms coming from that Island,” Francis asserted.
He disclosed that in addition to guns and drugs, the meeting in Martinique will discuss the matter of judicial cooperation, extradition, the forfeiture of assets and immigration.
The Franco- Saint Lucian Security Committee was established in 2004 through a memorandum of understanding between Saint Lucia and Martinique.
The intention of the memorandum was to enhance administrative, security and judicial cooperation between the two Islands.
The security committee meets twice every year alternatively in Martinique and Saint Lucia.
Francis was accompanied on his trip to Martinique by the Permanent Secretary in his ministry, Agosta Degazon, the Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Daarsrean Greene and Acting Police Commissioner, Milton Desir.