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  • No country is immune to the direct or indirect effects of transnational organized crime.
  • The Prime Minister welcomed June’s opening for signature of the landmark Arms Trade Treaty.
  • Jamaica remains committed to a just, lasting and peaceful solution to the situation in the Middle East.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says that no country is immune to the direct or indirect effects of transnational organized crime, which wreaks havoc on economies and challenges the capacities of states to deal with the threats they pose.

The Prime Minister welcomed June’s opening for signature of the landmark Arms Trade Treaty, which she says represents one of many steps the international community must take towards defeating terrorism, crime and violence and noted that Jamaica is taking steps towards ratification of the Treaty.

Mrs. Simpson Miller stressed the importance of attention to peace and security as she address on September 28 sitting of the General Debate of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where she noted that “the quest for development will not be complete without requisite attention being paid to peace and security”.

Mrs. Simpson Miller also expressed condolences and words of comfort to the victims of the “horrific” mall attack recently in Kenya.

Turning to the situation in Syria, Mrs. Simpson Miller told the 193-member body that “we remain deeply concerned about the suffering of the people in Syria and join the international community in condemning the use of chemical weapons. We welcome the recent positive steps taken by the United Nations Security Council.

She reiterated that Jamaica remains committed to a just, lasting and peaceful solution to the situation in the Middle East.

Turning closer to home, the Prime Minister has again called for an end to the trade and economic embargo against Cuba; and extra-territorial measures that target third countries, saying that “the trade and economic embargo against our neighbour, Cuba has caused untold hardship to its people. It has no place in the 21st century.”