St. Lucia excluded from US military exercise

St. Lucia excluded from US military exercise

St. Lucia has been excluded from a list of countries due to participate in next week’s multi-national “Tradewinds” military exercise which will be held in Antigua.

A statement from the United States Embassy in Barbados does not mention St. Lucia, which hosted the event last year, as taking part in this year’s exercise.

The June 1-10 paramilitary training will bring together more than 300 law enforcement officers, military personnel and government representatives from the Caribbean. In all, 17 partner nations and the United States will be taking part in the initiative.

“The United States Southern Command is the executive agent of Tradewinds 2014, and will conduct the maritime training and disaster response exercise in collaboration with the US Coast Guard and other facilitating agencies,” according to a spokesman for the Barbados-based US Embassy.

Tradewinds focuses on increasing regional co-operation to counter illicit trafficking and build the capacity of participating nations to plan and execute complex multi-national security operations.

Last year, the United States suspended assistance to the Royal St Lucia Police as a result of allegations of serious human rights violations which occurred between 2010 and 2011.

The allegations included claims of extra-judicial police slayings which the government is currently investigating with the help of a team of police officers from Jamaica.

A senior law enforcement official said the US decision will result in “serious gaps” in the technical and management training given to members of the Royal St Lucia Police Force, especially at a time when senior officers are either resigning or retiring.

According to the official, those gaps will become evident in the long-term.

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  1. These Jamaicans had better go back home with that papishow that going on about investigations.
    There is nothing to investigate.

    As far as im concerned tradewinds was a waste of time. Good thing we not in that again.

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  2. I think this also has to do with us not voting against Russia in that Ukraine affair. Smoke screen anyone?

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  3. "Tradewinds focuses on increasing regional co-operation to counter illicit trafficking..."
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    Since St.Lucia isn't getting the required training to counter illicit drugs, the island, therefore, shouldn't waste its limited resourses in preventing drugs from reaching the US.

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  4. Amazing how they talk about Human Rights violations . More that half your force is corrupt . According to my books nobody died and made the US god ! Chpz tan

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  5. Yes instead of us hounding America for doing what they want with their funds should nt we be instead hounding our government for the Jamaican IMPACS report and also the real reason why our police are still suffering. There must be more to all of this than the average st. lucian knows. The government must know the real reasons.

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  6. Well the tourist minister only thought about revenue n not about respect to the RSLPF when they kept it last year. Why respect them now, shit happens

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  7. White American hypocrisy.
    Yet they treat black Americans (born and bred) as subhumans up to this day.

    The "stand your ground" law in Florida is one "set-up" by white Americans to determinate every black American male under the safety net of they "white American," felt threatened by a black male and needs to shoot them instil dead

    The savagery and hypocrisy of white Americans is so transparent "incidentally."

    Stuff your "Trade-winds" up your fag-ass.

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  8. THE successful attempt to restore confidence has nothing to do with i believe. It is the intimate relationship with the " south" that is the real issue with America...America does not support nor negotiate with anti west terrorist. .....simple.

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  9. That is their choice. It is rather naive to believe that the US with sime of the best intelligence will without cause turn their backs on the island. Take a look at the current administration and the current senior leaders of the RSPF. Ask the questions to the leaders there the truth lies in SLU. I'm St. Lucian American and will be the first to admit this is ridiculous.

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  10. Base in the us. Its ok when they target their own or go in other countries to assassinate people. They say they are at war. So wasn't we at war with those thugs........ So if they can assassinate y cant we. F*** them man. They only care about themselves i bet u if they didn't consider the Caribbean as a drug hub they wouldn't b here. They go all around burning marijuana plantations yet still it is legal in some states. The US is of no help to the caribbean

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  11. As a lucian living in the US f**k them. The US have its own dam problems and more police brutality and killings than st.lucia they need to worry about their shit not st.lucia. Who need they so called FREE military exercises american don't give nothing for free. If they can't get ur collateral then they want to dictate how your country should be run. So thank God they exclude us

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    • stupes.
      perhaps you should go and express your thoughts to the officer at Passport control the next time you try to re-enter the US, so that they can rid their country of you and your anti-american sentiments.

      If you don't like the people's country and how they run it, you are free to leave

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  12. I love the last 3 comments STL2012 yep we stalk about one Caribbean but when a stance has to be taken nothing happens America will always be bullies it's a case of do as I say but don't do as I do, they preach abouth human rights yet the death penalty is still legal in some States. Last year tbe sane exercise was held in St Lucia and we were not even invited!! That in itself was disrespectful to us it's like using my yard for a party and not even inviting me! What we should do is turn a blind eye to drugs passing through here enroute to the USA make sure it doesn't enter our island but letit go on it's merry way!

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  13. Really who cares, our police force still sucks after receiving so called training in the past and am sure this training wont make them any better.

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  14. There is more to this. America was at war with Cuba and still let Cubans come in. Why is it that the entire Police Force has to suffer.

    What happens if this investigation finds nothing? Every St. Lucian might then be barred from coming to the US?
    Why? because we are being told half truths.

    The Commissioner of Police needs to identify training other places. The region should be able to assist each other through Caricom. Also as a Commonwealth nation, you have access(not free) but you do to the UK.

    There is an easy fix to this!!!!
    Island wide strike. Demand that the Government release the official document from the US Embassy stating why the island's Police are being targetted. How did the US all of sudden assume these shootings as how it has been interpreted without facts.

    DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY AMERICANS THE US POLICE AND AGENCIES KILL EACH YEAR IN RAIDS AND OTHER DUTIES?

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    • This is all by design, the last super power US wants all nations to do what they want. St. Lucia did not vote against Russia involvement in Ukraine so any assistance we working to get will be slowed or cut.

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  15. I am ok with the US excluding St Lucia, that is their option.

    But it would be best for all if the other islands did not participate out of solidarity.

    Until the islands take a stand, and show we can act as one, these divide and conquer strategies will keep working to keep us down.

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    • NOPE. The RSLPF is shady shady shady and no other island should stand with them if they are committing crimes against citizens. Let them go down in flames by themselves

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    • The other islands would rather turn their backs on St.Lucia than to stand up to the US.

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  16. Screw the Yanks, we're going with France. Why don't they tackle their real threat, Russia and China? Wonder why the world hates you so much? Stop your bullying, hypocrites...isn't your capital punishment the same as state killings? How many have you killed so far this year Barbarians!

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  17. To hell with the US Gov't. All of this bcuz of the so called extra-judicial police slayings! Isn't this the same US country which has assassinated people in differnet countries? They are killing US citizens overseas who are deemed enemy combatants (which, by the way I see nothing wrong with it), but when we do it, the US cuts off aid to us. They want to control countries, yet theirs is in a mess. Training or not, drugs will still continue being smuggled through the Caribbean and end up on the streets of the US, Canada, Europe and elsewhere.

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    • Any self-respecting country does not have perpetual friends, only perpetual self-interest.

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  18. Funny thing that. The Americans call this kind of thing aid. Perhaps it is like the gifts they call free gifts. If it is a gift why must you qualify it with the word "free".

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