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CARICOM diversifying, widening links in response to global changes –

CARICOM Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (standing left) at the COFCOR Meeting CARICOM Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (standing left) at the COFCOR Meeting
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, MAY 24, 2015 - The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is diversifying and widening its foreign policy thrust in response to shifts in balance of powers as well as the dynamic and fluid changes taking place in the global environment.

While it was both challenging and necessary, the Community has also acknowledged and responded accordingly to the management of shared problems in an interdependent world, in the formulation and coordination of its foreign policy.

Those acknowledgements were shared by CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque as he addressed the opening of the 18th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations, which concluded on Friday in Saint Lucia.

A communique issued at the conclusion of the 18th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) held 21-22 May 2015 in St. Lucia, noted that Foreign Ministers took the opportunity of their annual retreat to reflect on “Current and Emerging Transnational Security Threats: The Foreign Policy Dimension of Security”.

Foreign Ministers also identified the importance of job creation and education as significantly linked to ensuring that the youth of CARICOM Member States remain on a promising path to advancement and a better quality of life.

Foreign Ministers concluded that one of the major threats to the security of the Region was youth crime. They took note, also, of the need to address the new dimensions of security threats to the region and to continue to engage international partners in seeking solutions to counter these threats.

While identifying transnational security issues, Foreign Ministers also made clear their intentions to bring visibility to and examine solutions for important areas related to national security and citizen security, namely securing the territorial waters of Member States; managing cross-border health threats; and combating the illicit transfer of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs).

Read the full communique issued at the conclusion of the meeting:  COMMUNIQUÉ I (COFCOR), 21-22 MAY 2015 CASTRIES, SAINT LUCIA

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