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Jamaicans deported from T&T can file reports -- Nicholson

Alicia Dunkley-Willis

Monday, December 09, 2013    

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MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator AJ Nicholson has said that the necessary channels of assistance will be opened if any of the 13 Jamaicans who were deported to the island after being refused entry into Trinidad & Tobago, last month should approach the ministry to lodge a formal report.

The Foreign Affairs Minister, responding to questions from Opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo-Forte during Friday's sitting of the Senate, said that to date, none of the 13 had approached the ministry but noted that if they did with a full report of "what they say happened", the information would be passed on to the Attorney General or other relevant agencies.

Malahoo-Forte in posing the questions, wanted to know whether or not the Government had been told by the Trinidadians the reasons on a case by case basis for the denial of entry to the 13 persons, and whether or not the Government intended to meet with each of those persons.

She also wanted to know if the Government intended to use the provisions under the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to address the dispute or rely on the assurances of the Trinidadian Government.

Senator Nicholson said that he would be making a full statement on the discussion and decisions arrived at following discussions with Trinidad and Tobago's Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran last week, by next Friday in the Senate.

He, however said, that only "some blanket reasons" were given by the Trinidadian representatives who were in the island last week, as to the reasons the Jamaicans were sent back.

"If the 13 or any of them approach us and give full reports as to what they say happened to them, certainly, we will pass on that information to the Attorney General or whomever.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is not an implementing ministry in that regard, but if they approach us and give us full information, certainly, we will make that available," Senator Nicholson said.

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