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Antiguan PM: Regional Security System members take key decisions

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ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA MARCH 28: The Council of Ministers of the Regional Security System (RSS) gathered in Antigua and Barbuda for an extraordinary meeting Monday where key decisions were taken.

The ministerial representatives flew in from across the sub-region for the meeting which was convened under the chairmanship of Antiguan Prime Minister  Baldwin Spencer, who has ministerial responsibility for national security in Antigua and Barbuda. PM Spencer was joined by his Prime Ministerial colleague Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt from Dominica.

Prime Minister Owen Arthur of Barbados and St. Lucian leader Kenny Anthony were unable to travel to Antigua and sent ministerial representation.

Barbados was represented by Hon. Joseph Atherley, minister in the Prime Minister’s office in Barbados; while Ambassador Anthony Severin represented St. Lucia.

The meeting heard presentations from United States Lt Gen H. Steven Blum who heads the US National Guard Bureau and from US Ambassador Mary Kramer who arrived from Barbados for this meeting.

High on the meeting’s agenda was a review of how the partnership between the US and the RSS could be preserved and strengthened. RSS member countries maintain a close working relationship with US authorities on military and security matters.

The RSS Council also reviewed the Council’s financial and administrative matters, with a view to being able to support the security operations in a sustained way.

“While I obviously cannot go into too much detail, key decisions were taken at this meeting,” PM Spencer said. “We need to further review our strategic direction, and to ensure that the security requirements of Cricket World Cup 2007 and beyond are put in place. “

PM Spencer pointed out that with so many territories of metropolitan powers located in the Caribbean; it made sense for RSS member states to partner with the US, the UK, France, the Netherlands and others in developing appropriate security arrangements for the region.

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