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Amidst growing tensions, Jamaican foreign minister invites T&T counterpart for discussions

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Arnold J. Nicholson, Jamaica Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade

Arnold J. Nicholson, Jamaica Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Arnold J. Nicholson, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, has invited his Trinidadian counterpart, Winston Dookeran to visit Jamaica before the end of 2013 for discussions on Jamaica-Trinidad and Tobago relations in the context of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Nicholson handed the letter of invitation to Reverend Dr. Iva Gloudon, High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago to Jamaica, who had been called to a meeting at the Ministry’s offices on November 25, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade media release.

The release further stated Nicholson advised the High Commissioner that the number of Jamaicans being returned from Trinidad and Tobago had generated considerable public outrage and had the potential to undermine confidence and diminish goodwill on the part of many Jamaicans towards Trinidad and Tobago and the wider regional integration movement.

Pointing to the importance of a visit from Dookeran, he added that “I believe that our personal intervention and collaboration can go a far way in bringing this issue to a speedy and successful conclusion. This is of the utmost importance as a regional integration movement which does and is perceived as protecting and advancing the interests of all sides is vital to the progress of our regional enterprise.”

Nicholson outlined a number of areas for discussion, including the activation by Trinidad and Tobago of all ten categories for movement of skills; the perception of profiling of Jamaicans travelling to Trinidad and Tobago; the right of nationals to contact their consular authorities upon being denied entry, as well as the obligation of the immigration officials to facilitate this communication, in accordance with Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations; and mechanisms to exchange information between the immigration authorities of both sides.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade reiterated once again that whenever Jamaicans are detained or refused entry, they should on return to Jamaica, immediately lodge a written report with the Immigration Authorities processing them or with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Anecdotal reports alone are not sufficient to allow the Ministry to effectively represent the interests of Jamaicans who believe their rights have been infringed. To date, only a few have filed reports in relation to the recent incidents in Trinidad and Tobago, the release said.

 

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Arnold J. Nicholson, Jamaica Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade

Arnold J. Nicholson, Jamaica Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Arnold J. Nicholson, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, has invited his Trinidadian counterpart, Winston Dookeran to visit Jamaica before the end of 2013 for discussions on Jamaica-Trinidad and Tobago relations in the context of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).

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Nicholson handed the letter of invitation to Reverend Dr. Iva Gloudon, High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago to Jamaica, who had been called to a meeting at the Ministry’s offices on November 25, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade media release.

The release further stated Nicholson advised the High Commissioner that the number of Jamaicans being returned from Trinidad and Tobago had generated considerable public outrage and had the potential to undermine confidence and diminish goodwill on the part of many Jamaicans towards Trinidad and Tobago and the wider regional integration movement.

Pointing to the importance of a visit from Dookeran, he added that “I believe that our personal intervention and collaboration can go a far way in bringing this issue to a speedy and successful conclusion. This is of the utmost importance as a regional integration movement which does and is perceived as protecting and advancing the interests of all sides is vital to the progress of our regional enterprise.”

Nicholson outlined a number of areas for discussion, including the activation by Trinidad and Tobago of all ten categories for movement of skills; the perception of profiling of Jamaicans travelling to Trinidad and Tobago; the right of nationals to contact their consular authorities upon being denied entry, as well as the obligation of the immigration officials to facilitate this communication, in accordance with Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations; and mechanisms to exchange information between the immigration authorities of both sides.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade reiterated once again that whenever Jamaicans are detained or refused entry, they should on return to Jamaica, immediately lodge a written report with the Immigration Authorities processing them or with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Anecdotal reports alone are not sufficient to allow the Ministry to effectively represent the interests of Jamaicans who believe their rights have been infringed. To date, only a few have filed reports in relation to the recent incidents in Trinidad and Tobago, the release said.