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CARICOM Nations Meet to Discuss Regional Security Challenges

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Published 14 April 2019

The ministers of Security of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met Friday to discuss peace and security issues.

Caribbean leaders held the 20th Meeting of the Caribbean Community's Ministerial Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) on Friday.

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In a press statement, CARICOM declared that "the crime and security situation in the Region demands greater collaboration and co-operation among the Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)."

According to the president of CARICOM's ministerial council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE), Keith Mitchel, a coordinated work will help to fight against drug trafficking, illegal arms, transnational organized crime, and gangs. 

The Ministers agreed to establish a Regional Steering Committee for the development of crime and criminal justice statistics. They also recognized the work done by the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and the Regional Security System (RSS) to strengthening intelligence mechanisms in the Community. 

To translate intentions into concrete measures, members countries decided to continue to implement the Arrest Warrant Treaty and the Agreement for the Sharing or Return of Recovered Assets.

CARICOM decided to hold security meetings twice a year.

CARICOM is composed of 15 countries and is aimed to reinforce regional integration by discussing issues related to health, literacy, security, statistics, migration, economics, education and sports.

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