Basseterre St. Kitts June 24: Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Cedirc
Liburd said that the Government and people of St. Kitts were thoroughly displeased with what he called
the illegal activities of Greenpeace on June 20.
"The organization, which one week earlier had requested to dock at the
St. Kitts harbour during the period June 11-21 for “educational activities” was denied permission given the fact
that the interest of activities taking place over that same period would be threatened." He added
Minister Liburd said the decision for Greenpeace to illegally offload
passengers was nothing but gross disrespect for the Government and people of the Federation. He added that the Federation’s
size was no indication of its stance or ability to protect its shores.
news, the Ministry of National Security, Justice, Immigration and Labour sent out a press release indicating its deep concern
with the illegal entry of the Greenpeace vessel the MV Arctic Sunrise into the Federation’s territorial space.
stated, "Apart from the obvious disrespect to the government and people of the Federation the ministry reported that the infringement
was also a threat to the marine environment. Specifically in this case “jeopardizing the barrier reef which
protects the Eastern Atlantic Coastline of St. Kitts and Nevis and other fragile near-shore marine eco-systems.”
complained that the captain and crew aboard the vessel defied the law enforcement officials by refusing to accompany
them to police headquarters; eventually heading west in the direction of St. Eustatius.
Security release echoed the sentiments expressed by Minister of Fisheries Cedric Liburd during his report to the IWC meeting
that Greenpeace had violated and showed total disregard and disrespect for the Government “in utter contempt of its