Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin says until security issues in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are resolved it will be “very difficult” to carry out any humanitarian missions to that British Overseas Territory (BOT).
McLaughlin said his island is being used by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in coordinating the relief effort to the BOT in the Caribbean.
He said that Cayman Airways flew an armed police unit to Barbados where they will be picked up by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and taken to the BVI.
McLaughlin said that there were “massive security issues” on the BVI with “looting and robbing” and “all prisoners on the loose”.
“Bermuda is sending officers too. In addition, there are 100 UK marines and 55 UK police officers also underway to BVI. We are looking to fly into Anguilla on Tuesday with medical supplies and personnel.
Until the security issues in BVI are resolved it will be very difficult to carry out any humanitarian missions to that Island,’ McLaughlin said.