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Holness says gov't taking strategic steps to secure Jamaica's borders

Published:Saturday | July 29, 2017 | 7:36 AM
Holness ... there is the bigger issue of illegal flows through legal channels such as our ports.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has told Jamaicans living in the United Kingdom that his government is taking strategic steps to secure Jamaica's borders.

According to the Prime Minister, Jamaica is affected by the global issues of safety and security, one of which is the importation of small arms.

"We have taken some steps internally to secure our borders by the acquisition of certain assets that will help us to stem the illegal flows through illegal channels, but there is the bigger issue of illegal flows through legal channels such as our ports," Holness said.

He was addressing members of the foreign services in Europe at the Jamaican High Commission in London.

Holness also said the Government is treating national security as a major concern.

"In the same way we have recalibrated our foreign policy to support economic growth and development, we will do the same recalibration of our foreign policy to support safety and security of Jamaica," he said.

He emphasised the need to protect citizens especially in high crime zones and in areas where public safety is threatened stressing that the government will reassert itself in those areas while upholding human rights and the rule of law.