PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, May 25, 2007 – Security measures put in place for Cricket World Cup helped to avert certain crimes and as a result some of the measures will remain in place, said Prime Minister Patrick Manning of Trinidad and Tobago.
He told the 4th meeting of the Council of Minister Responsible for National Security and Law Enforcement that while it is difficult to measure success by what has not happened – or “no disaster – no news” as he put it – it is clear the extent to which the region would have been and will be vulnerable to internal and external threats without the systems which were implemented during the World Cup.
“We were able to trace the movements through the Region of persons known to be involved in illegal activity; to prevent the use of the Region for human trafficking purposes and to prevent entry into the Region of undesirable persons some of whom were in possession of lost or stolen passports. We were also able to pre-empt attempts at cyber crime,” he told the meeting which ended its two days of deliberation last evening.
He said the continuance of such measures as the Single Domestic Space and the CARICOM Common Visa Regime would need to be agreed by the countries but there were other legislative measures which are permanent.
- the Advance Passenger and Cargo Information Systems;
- the Sharing of Intelligence among Member States;
- the establishment of the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security;
- mutual assistance among Member States in the event of a national security crisis and the mobilization and deployment of security personnel as necessary;
- the conditions under which such personnel may be deployed.
“Cricket World Cup must not be regarded as an event that has come and gone in terms of the security of the Region. Rather, it should be regarded only as the catalyst that drove us into taking the urgent action which in fact has long been necessary for the continued survival of our Region,” he said.