JIS News

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh in a letter to his Haitian counterpart, Her Excellency Marie-Michele Rey today (Wednesday Jan 13), expressed his deep regret and sadness to the Haitian Government and people for the suffering caused by the devastating earthquake that rocked that country.
Dr. Baugh said that Jamaica stands “ready to do all within our power to provide relief and assistance, including dispatching a military contingent to support search and rescue and to assist in the restoration of public utilities.”
The Deputy Prime Minister expressed the “deepest and most heartfelt sympathy ” of the Jamaican Government and people for the earthquake which has caused widespread loss of life and injury to millions as well as massive destruction of property and infrastructure.
As Chairman of CARICOM’S Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), Dr. Baugh has initiated consultation with his Caribbean colleagues with a view to co-ordinating assistance to the Haiti which is a member state.
Dr. Baugh said that while offering aid and assistance, the Foreign Ministry would be keeping a line of communication open with the Haitian Government in order to safeguard the welfare of any Jamaicans that might be in that country.
The CARICOM Secretariat has also been in communication with its Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDERMA) regarding the mobilisation of assistance to Haiti.