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Hanna apologises for condolence blunder

Published:Thursday | October 5, 2017 | 12:15 PM

The Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs Lisa Hanna has apologised for the blunder which resulted in her wrongly expressing condolences for the death of St Lucia's Ambassador to the Organisation of American States, Anton Edmunds.

Hanna had issued a release yesterday expressing regret at the unfortunate demise of the St Lucian diplomat, whom she claimed, was a victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday.

However, it was later revealed that the information was false.

This prompted Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, to issue a release urging Hanna to exercise restraint and sensitivity when dealing with diplomatic issues.

Hanna, who was recently appointed the spokesman on foreign affairs, said the release with unverified information was inadvertently sent from her office.


Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs Lisa Hanna

Meanwhile, Young Jamaica is describing comments made by Hanna as reckless and unfortunate.

The Jamaica Labour Party youth arm says her statement shows that she is out of her depth in the new portfolio and that Hanna has caused great embarrassment to Jamaica because of her utterances.

The group contends that the country may be further embarrassed if she remains as opposition spokesperson.

Young Jamaica contends that Hanna was insensitive to not only the family of Ambassador Edmunds but the families of the 59 persons killed and the over 500 injuries in the attack.

Young Jamaica says spreading false information is totally unacceptable in diplomatic circles.


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