ISIS on Caricom’s radar

Last Updated on Wednesday, 5 November 2014, 21:24 by GxMedia

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar speaking at Tuesday night’s news conference after the emergency summit of Caricom leaders.

Caricom is paying keen attention to the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq that has been attracting persons from the Caribbean to join their band of fighters.

For instance, more than 50 persons from Trinidad and Tobago have reportedly travelled to Syria to fight for ISIS.  Some reports say that foreign fighters are being paid about US$1,000 per day.

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissesar says meetings with police commissioners and heads of intelligence agencies will be held shortly after Caricom Leaders discuss the issue again on the margins of the Caricom-Cuba summit to be held on December 8.

“I hope that Caricom is able to take a regional stand on this isssue and also that of ISIS in the near future. I believe that we are all on the same page where this is concerned and it would be wise to indicate this to the international community,” she said.

The Trinidad and Tobago leader raised the issue at Tuesday’s emergency Caricom Summit that discussed mainly the threat of Ebola and the Chikungunya epidemic.