Trinidad promises to clear administrative delays for Jamaican detainees

New Andrew Holness

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday June 9, 2016 – Prime Minister Andrew Holness says assurance has been given by Trinidad and Tobago that any administrative delays in the processing of 53 Jamaican immigrants who have been detained in the twin-island republic will be cleared.

In a statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, he said the pledge was given during bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley, at the Association of Caribbean States Summit held in Cuba last weekend.

“Any administrative delays in the processing for the return of Jamaican nationals in detention to allow them to be speedily reunited with their families is of immediate concern to my administration,” Holness assured.

The Jamaican leader also disclosed that work is underway on the designated area at the Piarco International Airport for holding persons being returned from Trinidad and Tobago.

He said discussions will continue on other issues, including the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), petroleum pricing and a bilateral framework arrangement with Trinidad and Tobago.

Holness said is Trinidadian counterpart has agreed to pay an official visit to Jamaica in the near future, to continue discussions at the political level.

Earlier this week, Dr. Rowley confirmed to the media that he would be taking the trip.

He said he and Holness had agreed to settle the immigration dispute between their two countries, once and for all.

Jamaicans have alleged mistreatment by immigration officials at the Piarco International Airport and, after a group was turned back earlier this year, there were calls for Trinidad and Tobago goods in Jamaica to be boycotted

 

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