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CARICOM is a farce

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM


We all welcomed the move by Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness to invite Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to quell the tension between the two Caribbean states with their bilateral talks.

It is quite obvious from speaking with the man in the street that Jamaicans are dissatisfied with the ongoing diplomatic talks to stop the current impasse between the two CARICOM countries. Jamaicans are unhappy with the manner in which the T&T government has been dealing with the situation.

Our people are constantly being harassed by immigration officers at Trinidad's Piarco International Airport. They have to be mindful that only two persons were disallowed by the Jamaican authorities to enter our land, in comparison to 200-plus by T&T counterparts in 2015. What would cause the T&T government to turn back so many of our Jamaican nationals with flimsy excuses?

We are rather upset with the manner in which our Jamaican nationals are being treated by the T&T authorities. Something has to be done, and urgently, by the prime ministers of both CARICOM states to change the fate of the Jamaicans going to T&T, even on casual visits.

There seems to be no voice from the other side of the fence defending our rights as a people. The Treaty of Chaguaramas clearly states that regional citizens should be able to travel interstate hassle free without any harassment.

The insularity from the West Indies cricket team indicates that there is not much unity between the member states of CARICOM. I share the view with many others that we need to leave CARICOM.


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