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Wednesday, June 28, 2006 – Issues relating to aviation security were on the front burner recently, when professionals of the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority - SLASPA – and the the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security ended a one week training workshop .

Speaking at the closing of the week long training session on civil aviation security, General Manager of the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority Mr. Vincent Hippolyte reminded participants that ordinary citizens are depending on them for safekeeping.

He said professionals in the security sector including aviation security, should always put the right interpretation on the importance of their jobs .

“Importantly for our country, we have this very responsible task of doing the right things and doing them right. The St. Lucia Police Force, the St. Lucia Air and Seaports Authority, the airline community, the ministries, everybody has a role to play.”

Meantime, Director of the Organization of American States Mr. Paul Spencer thanked the government of the United States Department of Homeland Security, for providing the facilitators John Reese and Mark Emerson for the training sessions.

“The purpose of the exercise is to show that in this new security paradigm, no man is an island. We in the Caribbean do not take security lightly; by not doing certain things we not only impact on what happens in our own societies but what happens perhaps, in other societies. For this reason, I hope that this workshop has been able to allow you to take on the task that has been given to you in your respective ministries or departments.”

The training sessions ran from June 19th to the 23rd.

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