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.