Inaugural Caribbean-U.S. Security Cooperation Dialogue
We, the Governments of Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Republic of Guyana, Republic of Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Republic of Suriname, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America,
CONSCIOUS OF the unique characteristics of the Caribbean Basin which make it particularly vulnerable to multidimensional security threats;
RECOGNIZING the common threats posed to our States by increasing crime and violence resulting from cultivation, production, demand, and trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons and persons, as well as other transnational crimes;
AWARE of the need to substantially reduce illicit trafficking, advance public safety and security, and further promote social justice;
AWARE ALSO of the need to work together by using our respective resources to effectively face the multidimensional threats to our security and stability; and
RECALLING that the 1997 Declaration of Bridgetown, the 2003 Declaration on Security of the Americas, the 2007 Conference on the Caribbean Joint Statement, and the Santo Domingo Declaration of 2009, which recognize that the traditional concept and approach to security must be expanded to address non-traditional political, economic, social, health, and environmental threats.
Our commitment to strengthen our cooperation in a spirit of mutual respect and shared responsibility by initiating a new security partnership in order to safeguard and preserve the peace, security, and socio-economic development of our nations and citizens; and
Our commitment to undertake mutually reinforcing actions to strengthen rule of law, law enforcement, security, public safety, and social justice institutions.
To work together to substantially reduce illicit trafficking in the Caribbean. Towards this end we commit to:
To work together to advance public safety and security through the combined efforts of our law enforcement, emergency response, and other relevant agencies. Towards this end we commit to:
To work together to further promote social justice in our societies by addressing the important issues of crime prevention, justice sector reform, and corruption. Towards this end we commit to:
To initiate a new Caribbean-U.S. Framework for Security Cooperation Engagement in our efforts to address these strategic priorities;
To invite other nations, regional and international organizations, and private sector institutions to partner with us, as appropriate, in the implementation of this Framework; and
To enhance the security of our States and advance the safety of our citizens through a Joint Caribbean-U.S. Plan of Action which outlines mutual steps to address our common priorities.