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Holness says Jamaica's crime problem needs regional attention

Published:Monday | July 4, 2016 | 7:59 PM
Holness ... it is critical that the issue of the guns-for-drug trade with Haiti be addressed.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana:
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica’s crime and violence situation has to be given attention at a regional level.

Speaking to journalists this afternoon, Holness said it was critical that the issue of the guns-for-drug trade with Haiti be addressed.

Holness is leading Jamaica’s delegation to the 37th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government Conference in Georgetown, Guyana.

The Prime Minister’s comments came as authorities in Jamaica grapple with an upsurge in gun crimes, particularly in the western section of the island.


While not speaking directly to the ongoing Jamaican situation, Holness said the issue of guns must be viewed from a regional perspective given the impact of the guns-for-drugs trade on Caribbean societies.

He singled out Haiti as needing immediate attention. 

While there is no indication from the Jamaican delegation that there could be bilateral talks with Haiti, Holness said the issue has to be placed on the agenda for the CARICOM summit.

According to him, Jamaica has to give more attention to policing its borders to keep out the traders in arms while protecting citizens.

Holness told journalists that while the flow of guns stretches to the United States, CARICOM must tackle the issues over which it has direct influence.