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Nicholson to update Senate on Jamaica's support on ISIS resolution

Published:Friday | October 10, 2014 | 10:18 AM

Foreign Affairs Minister A.J. Nicholson has promised to use the floor of the Senate today to explain Jamaica’s reasons for co-sponsoring a United Nations’ resolution to condemn the terrorist network, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).



Nicholson was responding to a statement from the parliamentary opposition, which has chastised the government for keeping its co-sponsorship of the agreement a secret.



He says he has always made a statement in the Senate advising the nation of what took place on any of his foreign trips.



The foreign affairs minister noted that there has been only one sitting of the Senate since the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.



Nicholson said Jamaica supports efforts to continue to give priority attention to combating the spread of terrorism, including focusing on finding a multidimensional and comprehensive approach to the problem.



The resolution that has been co-sponsored by Jamaica puts a responsibility on member states to stop their citizens from leaving their homelands to join ISIS and other militant groups based in the Middle East.



It further requires member states to block them from returning to threaten their native countries using passports already granted.



Ed Bartlett, the opposition spokesman on foreign affairs, said the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) fully supports the results of the UN Security Council’s vote on the resolution, which was approved 15-0.



However, Bartlett said he was amazed that two weeks after the UN Security Council meeting, the Government has not addressed the nation on the commitment it made at the summit.



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