Barbados PM Sends Condolences To New Zealand

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has condemned terrorism as she extended sympathy to Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, after the mass shooting at two mosques there, on Friday, March 15, which killed 50 persons and injured several others.

In correspondence sent, Mottley said the Government and people of Barbados were saddened at the loss of life and injuries resulting from the senseless act.

“Terrorism in any form must be universally and constantly condemned. The fact that this manifestation of cowardice deliberately targeted a particular religious group is especially distressing,” Prime Minister Mottley added.

She said Barbados joined with the people of New Zealand in mourning their loss and would continue to offer prayers for the families and loved ones of all affected by the tragic event.

Government Strengthening Border Security to Stem Illicit Gun Flow

Minister of National Security, the Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says that the Government is committed to strengthening border security as part of measures to curb the illicit flow of weapons into the country.

Addressing members of the diplomatic community at the Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, recently, Minister Chang noted that the trafficking of illegal weapons continues to be a threat to international and domestic peace and security.

“Reducing access to illicit guns will stem crime and improve economic outlook and development, so we will properly equip our security forces with the tools needed to secure our borders and protect Jamaica’s people and her assets,” he said.

He noted that the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) recently acquired a marine surveillance aircraft and two helicopters that have significantly increased monitoring capacity.

Chang emphasised the importance of partnerships between Jamaica and its international partners in the Ministry’s implementation of the National Security Policy, aimed at creating a safe and secure Jamaica by the effective enforcement of law and order and maintenance of secure borders.

“Jamaica has benefitted tremendously from the support of the international partners regarding security, including the European Union (EU), United States of America (USA), Canada and the United Kingdom (UK). These partnerships, exchanges and scholarships, have greatly facilitated capacity-building and fostered greater mutual social understanding, which will undoubtedly result in the continued development and progress of our countries,” he said.

Minister Chang informed that Jamaica has received grant funding of  €20 million or approximately ($3 billion) from the EU to fight crime.