'We must defeat terrorism'
acts of terrorism, perpetrated on American soil, have plunged our
entire world into an unprecedented period of peril, fear and uncertainty.
This is a time
of mourning for all of us. The date September 11, 2001 will forever
be indelibly etched in our minds and our hearts.
people join in grief with the American people, and, on behalf of
the Government and people of Jamaica, I extend our profound condolences
to those families that have lost loved ones, or those injured. We
share in the pain and grief.
At my request,
the Jamaican Consul General in New York and the Charge d'Affaires
in Washington D.C. are discussing with community leaders and others,
the development of a programme of assistance to affected families.
community must demonstrate a solid front in our struggle to defeat
international terrorism. The masterminds and those found to be in
collusion must be brought to justice. Jamaica intends to play an
active role in the fight to rid the world once and for all, of the
scourge of terrorism.
On behalf of
all Jamaicans, I have conveyed to the President our deepest regrets.
Jamaican community organisations, businesses and individuals to
assist in whatever way they can, and to work closely with city officials
and agencies, and also the Consulate-General, in providing relief
to those families who have been affected.
will be difficult, but there is strength in unity.
requires each one of us to be strong, and to lend a helping hand
to those in need of support.
Foreign Affairs Minister
of the events, which unfolded in New York and Washington D.C. on
September 11, is of unbelievable proportions. These attacks herald
a new era of unprecedented acts of terrorism. Many nations, including
our own, are reeling from the potentially staggering loss of human
life. Indeed, among the more than 5,000 persons missing or confirmed
dead, there are three Jamaicans who have been confirmed as casualties
and 10 more reported missing.
of Jamaica condemns these acts of terrorism - those responsible
must be sought out and made to account for such heinous crimes against
We grieve with
you, the people and Government of the United States, and I wish
on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, and of my own
accord, to express our deepest sympathies in this regard. In particular,
I wish to commiserate with the injuried and the families of those
who may have lost their lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with
you at this time.
11, 2001, we witnessed with shock and horror, the terrorist attacks
on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington
D.C. which caused great destruction and tragic loss of life of innocent
civilians. These atrocities have been rightly condemned as an attack
on humanity and could never be justified on any ground.
My own Government
has made its position clear in unequivocal terms and as a former
Foreign Minister I recognise only too well the danger to international
society posed by terrorism and the wide repercussions that these
latest events will create. It is obviously necessary that international
efforts should be redoubled to root out terrorism, to eliminate
terrorist training camps and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
It is the interest of all countries to deal effectively with this
threat which has brought such grief and suffering and which has
endangered fear and anxiety in various parts of the world.
I express my
deep sorrow and condolences to the families of those who have lost
loved ones and understand the outrage felt by the United States
Government on this assault on their country. They deserve our full
support in taking steps to find and punish the perpetrators and
to prevent the recurrence of similar acts anywhere. It is a source
of comfort that the entire country has stood resolute in the face
of these attacks and has demonstrated unity, strength and resolute
determination to counter the menace of terrorism.
Jamaicans may have died in these tragic attacks we are immediately
affected, but we make common cause more so out of the broader objectives
we share in safeguarding peace and justice and to make the world
safe from violence, war and conflict. These are interests which
bind us in friendship and co-operation and I feel strongly that
from this latest tragedy Jamaica and the United States will work
even more closely together to advance these common goals.