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National Security Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips, has called for greater international assistance to create an effective and secure law enforcement environment across the region.
“I think the international community .needs to step up to the plate to an even greater extent in supporting the security needs, especially of small developing countries,” Dr. Phillips said as he addressed the opening ceremony of a two-day counter terrorism workshop today (Sept. 8) at the Wyndham Hotel in Montego Bay.
He noted that the international community, including the lending agencies, should recognize that security could not simply be left to the resources and the capacities of states acting separately, but needed a globalized approach.
Citing 9/11, the Minister said the terrorist attack had brought home the fact, that there was great interdependence among states and “that the world is only as strong, and the security environment is only as secure as the weakest state among us is able to make it”.
The National Security Minister stated that while the threat of terrorism might not be apparent or imminent in the Caribbean, the nations of the region must be prepared for any eventualities.
The workshop, which is organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism, is aimed at assisting Jamaica and other Caribbean states to develop and refine their counter terrorism strategies. It is the second such exercise to be held in the English-speaking Caribbean with the first one held in Barbados in 2004.
Participants are drawn from several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, with the Jamaican delegation consisting of representatives from the Ministry of National Security, Office of the Prime Minister, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and other state agencies, as well as representatives from the island’s seaports and airports.
Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a one-week clinic in Hostage Negotiation and Management in Montego Bay.