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Portia against calls to boycott Trinidad and Tobago goods, services

Published:Monday | April 25, 2016 | 4:05 AM
According to Simpson Miller, a decision for Jamaica to boycott Trinidadian products or leave CARICOM is not necessary because there can be diplomatic solutions.

The Opposition Leader has joined in rejecting calls for trade restrictions on goods and services from Trinidad and Tobago over the alleged maltreatment of Jamaicans by immigration authorities in Port of Spain.

According to Simpson Miller, a decision for Jamaica to boycott Trinidadian products or leave CARICOM is not necessary because there can be diplomatic solutions. 

 

Opposition Leader, Portia Simpson Miller

At the same time, she is insisting that the rights to free movement afforded to Jamaicans under the Treaty of Chaguaramas must be upheld.

Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has been in talks with its Trinidadian counterpart over the recent denial of entry of a dozen Jamaicans.

The Jamaicans alleged that they were unjustly refused entry and were mistreated before being deported.

However, Trinidad has denied these claims.

Last week, Trinidad and Tobago’s former national security minister Gary Griffith reported that there are over 20,000 undocumented Jamaicans in the twin-island republic burdening the country and costing the government to lose out on half-a-billion dollars every year.

He said the Keith Rowley administration must not be intimidated by “any foreign political party” in its efforts to safeguard Trinidad and Tobago's security and economic resources.