Foreign Affairs Minister says it’s regrettable Jamaica was singled out in TCI crime wave
Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has described as unhelpful, recent statements that seemingly blamed Jamaica in relation to gangs and criminal activity in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).
The Minister’s comments come in the wake of reports of an upsurge in gang activity in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
In a statement, Mrs. Johnson Smith said Jamaica and TCI have been engaged at various levels.
This includes Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Premier Charles Misick holding discussions on the situation, particularly the multi-national nature of gang fueled violence which also affects Jamaica.
Mrs. Johnson Smith said in the context and spirit of CARICOM solidarity, Jamaica, along with other members of the community in the northern Caribbean were asked to provide assistance, and they are examining ways in which to do so.
The foreign affairs minister said its regrettable that, against information indicating that various nationalities have been and are involved in previous criminal activity and the recent upsurge, Jamaicans were singled out for blame.
The minister said crime in the Caribbean affects all and it is therefore Jamaica’s hope that there will be a speedy resolution to the current upsurge.
She assured the Turks and Caicos Islands of Jamaica’s concern and interest in the situation and urge the sister country to remain calm, while they continue to exercise their usual responsible citizenship.
She said Jamaica communicated its concerns to the government of the TCI and that TCI indicated its recognition of the value of many law-abiding citizens who contribute positively to the society.