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Opposition demands that Gov't disclose commitments made at UN session

Published:Thursday | October 9, 2014 | 6:49 PM

The Opposition is raising questions about the failure of the Government to report on its commitments made at the 69th session of the United National Security Council held in New York last month.

During the summit, Jamaica co-sponsored a UN resolution to condemn the "violent extremism" of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and promote the need to block 'travel support' which could allow foreign terrorists to return to their home bases after committing acts of terrorism abroad.

The resolution calls for nations to adopt new laws and regulations to prosecute ]those affiliated with terror groups, prevent the entry or transit of individuals linked to terrorism, and target funding for terror groups.

The nations will also share intelligence through Interpol.

The Opposition says while it supports it the UN Security Council’s vote on the resolution, is appalled that the Government has not yet made a public statement on the matter.

"We are amazed ... that two weeks after the action was taken at the UN in New York, neither the Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who led Jamaica's delegation to the UN Assembly, nor the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator A.J. Nicholson, has reported to the nation on the actions taken on behalf of the people of Jamaica during these activities."

The Opposition says it also finds it particularly curious that the representatives from CARICOM did not take a regional position on the issue of the UN resolution against terrorism, and only Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago gave support.

"Certainly, the matter of global security and the deleterious effect of terrorism on global peace efforts is a matter of utmost importance to the Jamaican people, as much as it is to any other CARICOM nation, and should be approached with the full backing of the people of Jamaica," said an Opposition spokesman.

The Opposition says this most recent event demands a full and impartial disclosure on the position taken by Jamaica.


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