Former St. Kitts & Nevis PM Expresses Concern Over Regional Crime During Saint Lucia Visit

Former Prime Minister of St  Kitts and Nevis, Doctor Denzil Douglas, has described escalating crime in the Caribbean as a major challenge.

Douglas told St Lucia Times that the crime situation in the region continues to worsen and must be tackled at the root.

“ I believe the unemployment situation; the escalation of drugs; the freedom with which young people can obtain firearms  – these are some of the critical matters that have to be dealt with at the highest level with full cooperation and support and discussion with the various sakeholders at  the national level and then bring solutions to the recklessness of our young people and provide proper employment opportunities for these young people,” the former Prime Minister asserted.

Douglas, on a recent visit here,  also cited the need to better secure borders with the help of other countries.

With regard to his own country, he described the crime situation there as being “very stark.”

Members of the Regional Security System (RSS) have had a presence in the twin Island federation since October last year.

The RSS is an international agreement for the defence and security of the Eastern Caribbean region, created in 1982 to counter threats to the stability of the region in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Last month, the St. Kitts & Nevis government was quoted as saying that members of the  RSS will remain on the twin island Federation “as long as the high command of the security forces deems their support to be necessary”.

Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris said that the RSS had been able to make a significant contribution to reducing the level of crime in the country.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hermangild Francis and Allen Chastanet please read this:
    “ I believe the unemployment situation; the escalation of drugs; the freedom with which young people can obtain firearms – these are some of the critical matters that have to be dealt with at the highest level with full cooperation and support and discussion with the various stakeholders at the national level and then bring solutions to the recklessness of our young people and provide proper employment opportunities for these young people”.
    Can that enter your heads?

  2. The government needs to set the tone for the country on crime. Enact stiff legislation against specific crimes (unlicensed firearms, drug trafficking, etc.), present a strategic plan on crime, create more employment opportunities for the young and the restless, strengthen intelligence agencies to greatly decrease the importation of illegal guns, ammunition and drugs. This administration is sitting by and watching the slaughter of its citizens and residents. It feels as though the criminals are in control.

  3. St. Lucia Times never printed my comments about Dr. Douglas even though they were factual. This is grossly unfair. How can anyone say that he or she is bad since birth, or say burn dem down,and other toxic talk, which is clearly toxic to the mind, especially the minds of our youths and then talk about crime?

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