ST LUCIA CASTRIES (CMC):
The St Lucia police say they are not overly perturbed at possible United States (US) sanctions over alleged human-rights abuses and have been focusing on reducing criminal activities on the island.
"I have generally said my piece on the US sanctions. This remains a very contentious issue, but we have been keen on doing our work notwithstanding the pressures.
"We have achieved a great degree of success and I want to thank them for their contribution in terms of making St Lucia a safer place," Police Commissioner Vernon Francois told a news conference.
Washington has suspended all assistance to the Royal St Lucia Police Force for reasons Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony said were connected to the 12 killings by police in 2011 during an anti-crime offensive code named Operation Restore Confidence.
Anthony said the sanctions had been applied under the Leahy Law which forbids US assistance to the security forces if the secretary of State has credible information of gross human right violations.