Jamaica co-sponsors ISIS resolution

Opposition blasts Government on non-disclosure of UN participation

Thursday, October 09, 2014

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The island has co-sponsored a United Nations’ 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 called for nations to adopt new laws and regulations to prosecute and penalise 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.

This resolution was unanimously approved by the UN’s Security Council on September 24, by a vote of 15-0.

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) fully supports the results of the UN Security Council’s vote on the resolution, as it is in step with the wishes of the Jamaican people to support international efforts to reduce global tensions, and restrict efforts to exacerbate political, religious and racial conflicts across the globe.

"We are amazed, however, that two weeks after the action was taken at the UN in New York, neither the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller, who led the country’s delegation to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, September 22–30, nor the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator AJ Nicholson, who delivered Jamaica’s policy statement to the UN on September 29, have reported to the nation on the actions taken on behalf of the people of Jamaica during these activities," the JLP has said.

The Opposition said 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.

"It is also interesting to note that while the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has fully informed her nation of the decisions and actions taken by her and her team to the same UN events in New York, no official information on these activities has been provided for Jamaicans through either the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade nor the local media," said the JLP.

Added the group: "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.

The Opposition has taken note of the Government’s lack of reporting to the nation on a number of crucial decisions which have been taken in international fora over the past two years.

"However, the Government must recognise that the nation’s foreign relations  is a public matter which must, at all times, reflect the views, hopes and aspirations of its people, and the decisions taken on behalf of the people must always be fully transparent.

"This most recent event demands a full and impartial disclosure on the position taken by Jamaica and why this position was taken. Anything less would amount to a significant breach of the rights of Jamaicans to be fully informed of such steps, and a serious dereliction of duty on the part of the Government."


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