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Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall, has said there was need for more diplomatic intervention and co-operation among countries, in order to achieve international peace and security.
“I think we all agree that there still remains too much conflict, too much poverty and too much instability, tension and uncertainty in the international community. For 2007, we would hope to see major global effort to overcome the critical problems through increased multilateral co-operation and further strengthening of the international system,” Professor Hall said.
He was addressing members of the diplomatic community at a dinner held last night (Jan. 25) at King’s House, as part of activities to mark Diplomatic Week from January 22 to 26.
He expressed appreciation to the diplomatic community for the co-operation and assistance to Jamaica over the years and noted that the week of observance served to “highlight the importance of your activities, not only for us in Jamaica but also for its broader importance to global peace and security”.
Replying on behalf of the diplomats, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and High Commissioner of St. Kitts and Nevis, Cedric Harper, pledged the community’s support to deepen co-operation at the bilateral and multilateral levels.
“We share your concerns about the world situation and for our part, we will do our best to bring about solutions. Jamaica is a land full of promise and prospects. As you strive to raise the level of national consciousness and social cohesiveness the members of the corps offer you their fullest co-operation and support,” he stated.
Mr. Harper further thanked their Excellencies for the warm Jamaican hospitality that was extended to members of the diplomatic corps.
Jamaica enjoys diplomatic relations with 147 countries, 95 of which have accredited representatives, 28 being resident in the island.