Please don't let this happen to the beautiful island of St Kitts & Nevis. The US Navy wants to move it's military practices from Vieques, Puerto Rico. They have destroyed Vieques don't let them destroy another Caribbean paradise..............
Nation Would Welcome Navy Exercises
By CAROLYN SKORNECK, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis would welcome the military exercises that Puerto Rico is
trying to shut down on the island of Vieques, a member of Congress has told the Pentagon (news - web sites).
``Given the combination of an ally that seeks greater military presence and our future needs in the Southern Hemisphere in terms of
security, training and interdiction, I encourage you to consider the possibility of entering into a new military relationship with the
country of St. Kitts and Nevis,'' Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., wrote to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Prime Minister Danzel Douglas met earlier this month in Washington with Weldon and Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Texas, the
chairman and top Democrat of the Armed Services Committee's military readiness panel, to discuss ``how his country could
improve relations with the United States and possibly offer greater cooperation with the U.S. military,'' Weldon wrote.
``He expressed a sincere interest in pursuing the possibility of having a substantial U.S. military presence in St. Kitts and Nevis,''
Weldon wrote, adding, ``This may prove to be a resolution to our impending training crisis due to the probable future loss of
Puerto Rican Gov. Sila Calderon is seeking a permanent halt to combat exercises on Vieques. Earlier this month, Rumsfeld
ordered the Navy to suspend planned training on Vieques for members of the USS Enterprise battle group and a contingent of
The nation of St. Kitts and Nevis consists of two islands with a total area of 104 square miles and a population of about 42,000. It
gained its independence from Britain in 1983.
The Navy owns two-thirds of Vieques, including a bombing range that covers 900 acres - less than 3 percent of the island. The
Navy says Vieques is vital for national defense because its geography uniquely allows for simultaneous air, sea and land
Opposition to the Navy's use of the island intensified after two off-target bombs killed civilian guard David Sanes on the range in
1999. Demonstrators invaded the range, preventing exercises for a year until U.S. Marshals forcibly removed them in May.
After the accident, the Navy agreed to use only inert ammunition and to limit training to 90 days a year, down from 180 days