We, the Governments of Antigua and Barbuda; the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; the Commonwealth of Dominica; the Dominican Republic; Grenada; the Co-operative Republic of Guyana; Jamaica; the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; the Republic of Suriname; the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; and the United States of America;
REAFFIRMING our commitment to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Partnership launched on 27 May, 2010, at the Inaugural Caribbean-U.S. Security Cooperation Dialogue in Washington, D.C.;
BEARING in mind our commitments stated in the Caribbean-United States Declaration of Principles; the Caribbean-United States Plan of Action on Security Cooperation; the Joint Caribbean-United States Framework for Security Cooperation Engagement, the Joint Statement of the Second Caribbean-U.S. Security Cooperation Dialogue held in The Bahamas in 2011 and the Joint Statement of the Third Caribbean-U.S. Cooperation Dialogue held in Trinidad and Tobago in 2012;
WELCOME the implementation of the CARICOM Crime and Security Strategy (CCSS) and invite CARICOM Member States and cooperating partners to utilize the CCSS as the over-arching framework for establishing regional crime and security priorities and initiatives in coordination with agreed CBSI goals and objectives;
ALSO WELCOME the partnership with other States, regional and international organizations, and private sector institutions to enhance the security of our States and advance the safety of our citizens in the Caribbean region.
AWARE of the urgent need to substantially reduce illicit trafficking, advance public safety and security, and further promote social justice;
Continue to work together to forge a more effective partnership to reduce illicit trafficking in the Caribbean in 2014. Towards this end we commit to:
Continue to work together to forge a more effective partnership to advance public safety and security through focused efforts to advance justice sector reforms and capacity building of our law enforcement, emergency response, and other relevant agencies in the Caribbean in 2014. Towards this end we commit to:
Continue to work together to forge a more effective partnership to further promote social justice by addressing the important issues of at-risk youth and alternative sentencing arrangements in the Caribbean in 2014. Towards this end we commit to:
ADVANCE the work and meet the objectives established above, by convening four Technical Working Group meetings in the upcoming year. We will convene one meeting each of the Technical Working Groups on “Crime Prevention by focusing on Vulnerable Youth and At-Risk Populations,” “Law Enforcement Information Sharing,” Law Enforcement Cooperation and Capacity Building,” and “Maritime and Aerial Domain Security Cooperation.”
WE THANK the Government and people of the United States of America for their hospitality and efforts in hosting the Fourth High Level Dialogue.
WE STRESS our commitment to maintain regular dialogue and further build a more effective partnership to meet the common challenges we face in advancing the security and prosperity of our people.
WE LOOK FORWARD to the Fifth High Level Security Cooperation Dialogue to be held in 2014.