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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, has said that Jamaica has been fortunate to enjoy bipartisan support for its foreign policy and would continue to be guided by certain fundamental principles.
These include sovereignty and the equality of states; non-interference in the affairs of the state; and respect for international law, Dr. Baugh told the House of Representatives in his contribution to the 2008/09 Sectoral Debate on Wednesday (June 25). He said that these principles will continue to be anchored within the overarching framework of multilateralism.
The Foreign Affairs Minister said successive Jamaican Governments have been committed to the principle of multilateralism and adherence to the rule of law and the principles of the United Nations (UN), which govern the conduct of international relations.
“This Government remains committed to a rules-based international system which provides a level of certainty and protection for small vulnerable countries. As a small developing country, we fully recognize that in this complex international environment, multilateralism remains an essential mechanism to co-ordinate responses to global challenges,” the Minister said.
Dr. Baugh said that through its commitment to this process, Jamaica is guaranteed a say in decisions being taken at the global level, not withstanding lack of military and economic might.
He added that our commitment to multilateralism is a source of protection and that it will be “our compass in our membership in the many international organization which we belong.we will therefore continue to eschew unilateralism, and the use of force in contravention of the United Nations Charter.”