CARICOM countries to sign two new security pacts

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government have agreed to implement a common arrest warrant and advance maritime and airspace security cooperation, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning said Wednesday.

Manning, who has lead responsibility for crime and security within CARICOM, said regional leaders were expected to sign two agreements giving effect to the accords reached at the 28 th Heads of Government summit when they meet during a special security session in Trinidad on September 14.

He said that the arrest warrant would circumvent “all the cumbersome arrangements for extradition from one country to the next.

“Quite apart from facilitating movement of wanted persons in the various territories, what it also does is set a framework for cooperation among the various countries to police their own borders, particularly in respect of the drug trade,” he said.