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Nicholson in T&T for bilateral talks

Wednesday, June 25, 2014    

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Jamaica's Foreign Affairs Minister A J Nicholson was scheduled to arrive here yesterday for a two-day visit for bilateral talks with his counterpart, Winston Dookeran, according to a statement issued here Monday.

Last year, Dookeran invited Nicholson to visit Trinidad and Tobago after the two countries signed an agreement outlining a path to improve free trade and free movement between them.

The two countries had agreed on the meeting by the end of the first quarter of this year for further consultations, after Dookeran had been invited to Kingston last December for talks by Nicholson, after Port of Spain had refused entry to 13 Jamaicans last month that had escalated into a threat of a trade war between the two Caribbean Community member states.

Jamaica had been critical of the decision and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning to nationals travelling to Trinidad and Tobago saying it was also concerned at this development and was continuing to interface with the relevant authorities in Trinidad and Tobago on the matter, particularly in light of the Shanique Myrie ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

"Given the paradigm shift in immigration law and procedures in relation to the treatment of Caricom nationals entering countries of the region, both our countries recognised the need for a common approach and interpretation of the law," Nicholson told reporters at the end of the talks in Kingston last year.

The regional court had ruled that Barbados had breached the right of Myrie when she sought entry into the country in 2011, but stopped short of awarding the one million Barbados dollars in compensation she had sought.

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