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JAMAICA | Government and Opposition teams agree on Cooperation

Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips,(left) and Prime Minister Andrew Holness held frank discussions on national security at Vale Royal along with their teams. Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips,(left) and Prime Minister Andrew Holness held frank discussions on national security at Vale Royal along with their teams.
KINGSTON, Jamaica. January 8, 2019: Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips and their respective teams met late into last night to discuss issues of national security and crime management; and the desire to have a national consensus on these issues.

A joint press release from bith the government and opposition said "although each side had differing views on the constitutionality of extending the States of Public Emergency, both teams engaged in a full, frank and wide-ranging discussion and explored issues, including human rights, possible legislative amendments that could enhance crime management capabilities of the security forces and additional resources: financial, technical and human to improve the capacity of the security forces."

It was agreed that the respective legal teams would meet to discuss and agree, where possible, on the crime control powers to be utilized in the existing legislative framework or new legislation.

Both the Government and Opposition agreed to continue discussions on points of agreement while they seek wider consensus in the interest of Jamaica’s national security.

It was agreed that there will be further meetings beginning with a meeting with other stakeholders, including the private sector, the churches, human rights and civil society groups will be convened on Wednesday January 16, 2019 to advance national consensus.

On January 2, both leaders at the urging of civil society and the private sector, held private discussions at Vale Royal.

They agreed that a meeting of teams from the Government and Opposition would take place on Monday, January 7, 2019.
 
They also agreed that, at Monday's meeting a date would be determined for a meeting with other stakeholders.

 

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Last modified onTuesday, 08 January 2019 18:52
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