The Caribbean nations of Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia signed up to an Organization of American States security program aimed at combating arms trafficking in the region.
Representatives of the three countries signed “Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean” at the 41st session of the Organization of American States (OAS).
This agreement is an OAS initiative, financially backed by the United States, aimed at helping Latin American and Caribbean governments to trace arms trafficked through the region. Signatories to the agreement receive training and equipment to carry out the marking.
OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza welcomed the new members of the initiative, saying it was important for those countries to "Increase controls and develop the capacity to more effectively combat trafficking in firearms."
Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia join the ranks of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Uruguay, Paraguay, the Bahamas, Saint Kitts-Nevis and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as part of the agreement.