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Inaugural meeting of the National Defence Council deemed successful



NS-Council-RepsBasseterre, St. Kitts, 23rd October, 2017 ( - Government is reporting a highly successful inaugural meeting of the National Defence Council, which met on Saturday, 21st October at the St. Kitts Marriott.


Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, who heads the Council as the minister responsible for National Security, chaired the meeting that considered a draft security policy and heard presentations from participating security organisations.


SKNIS quotes the National Security Minister as saying, “The insights and the synergies that could be obtained were crystallized from the presentations that we had, led by a draft policy proposal from the National Security Advisor.”


Prime Minister Harris continued, “We also had presentations from the representatives of the various other entities and as we move on from time to time, the council will co-op other agencies, for example the Customs and Excise Department, to make particular presentations because they too are a critical aspect of our national security system.” 


According to Harris, the Council aims at bringing coherence to the National Security strategy.


“What the National Defence Council is seeking to do is to bring the leadership of the distinct national security entities (the police force, the defence force and Her Majesty’s Prison) together for focused consideration, not just on their individual entity strategies, but rather a coherent national security strategy,” Harris stated.


He continued, “By bringing the minds together, each one can get a better sense of what the others are doing and how they need to adjust their particular programmes to achieve the desired success.”


According to the information received, the next meeting is scheduled for November after some policy matters are reviewed by Cabinet.


Attending Saturday’s meeting were Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Mr. Osmond Petty, who serves as the council’s Secretary; Attorney General, the Honourable Vincent Byron; National Security Advisor, Major General Stewart Saunders; Commander of the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force, Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Wallace, and Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hilroy Brandy.


Other members of the Federal Cabinet who attended the inaugural meeting of the National Defence Council were Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards; Senior Minister Vance Amory; Senator Wendy Phipps and Cabinet Secretary Josephine Huggins.

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