OECS Commission Statement on recent shootings in the USA

OECS Commission Statement on recent shootings in the USA

Media Statement

The Commission of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has expressed shared grief at the horrific shootings which took place in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio on August 3, 2019 and August 4, 2019 respectively, resulting in the tragic loss of life of thirty-one (31) persons and injury to over twenty (20) others.

The Commission expresses horror and outrage and condemns in the strongest terms these acts, which have been perpetrated upon innocent people going about their daily lives.

On behalf of the Member States, and in its own capacity, the Commission expresses regret at these sad occurrences and extends deepest condolences to the Government and people of the United States of America.

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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