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Phillips welcomes PSOJ call for national dialogue on crime

Published:Wednesday | July 3, 2019 | 10:40 AM
Opposition leader Dr Peter Phillips - File photo

President of the People’s National Party (PNP) and Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, says he and the party stand ready to participate in any discussion to address the continuing upsurge in crime across the country.

Phillips says the PNP welcomes the call from the President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, Howard Mitchell, for the government and Opposition to sit with civil society to discuss the root causes of crime.

According to the latest statistics released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), 675 murders were committed between January 1 to June 29.

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He says the party had proposed the holding of such meeting during Vale Talks in January but it has not been held because, according to Phillips, Jamaica House continues to say that Prime Minister Andrew Holness is unavailable.  

“As far as the PNP is concerned, there can be no more delay in getting this discussion on the way to address this most urgent matter because the incidents of murders, shootings, robbery, and aggravated assault, and crimes against children are rising and affecting several communities,” Phillips said in a statement today.

“The PNP continues to insist that the government must tell the country what is the plan to deal with the ongoing crime crisis, which is affecting several townships such as May Pen, Savanna-La-Mar, Montego Bay and Spanish Town. 

“The situation requires a comprehensive strategy which must incorporate the views of civil society and other critical stakeholders,” Phillips said.

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