National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, believes the United States will be keeping a close eye on Saint Lucia’s upcoming elections.
Francis spoke this week when he appeared on Radio 100 Helen FM as a guest of host, Andre Paul.
He made the comments while discussing what is commonly referred to as the IMPACS affair.
According to the minister, officials of the former Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government gave false information to the Americans.
Francis said it was the police who designed and implemented Operation Restore Confidence (ORC).
Police slayings as a result of ORC led to claims of extra judicial killings.
However, Francis declared that there was no political interference in the operation.
But he indicated that labour officials went to Barbados, accusing the United Workers Party (UWP) of using the police to do its political bidding.
” I am telling you that the Americans are going to be watching this election very, very, very closely,” Francis declared.
“And God forbid that the Saint Lucia Labour Party were to win this elections, I am telling you, you will see these Americans move in full force ahead, because you cannot fool people and expect to get away with it,” he stated.
He suggested that the United States would need to hold the individuals who gave wrong information accountable.
In 2014, Saint Lucia invited CARICOM’s Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) to conduct an investigation into allegations that members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force committed extra-judicial killings from 2010 to 2011.
However to date, the IMPACS matter is still unresolved.
“We are at a stalemate,” Hermangild Francis explained.
He recalled saying on the campaign trail that whichever party formed the government would have a difficult time dealing with IMPACS.
“But when we came in, I never recognised that it was so difficult,” Francis explained.