Jamaica & Haiti Hold Talks over Guns-for-Drugs Trade

National Security Minister, Robert Montague, today held talks with Haiti’s Minister of Justice, Camille Edouard, about the guns for drugs trade between both countries.

A statement this morning from the Security Ministry says Minister Montague also discussed a number of other issues of mutual concern with his Haitian counterpart.

The bilateral meeting took place at the US State Department in Washington, D.C. Both Ministers are in the US capital attending the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, CBSI, dialogue.

Their talks centered on the guns for drugs trade, and relief for Haiti which was severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Police authorities in Jamaica have consistently said Haiti is a major source of guns and ammunitions for criminal gangs.

Earlier this month, it was reported that approximately 100 brand-new high-powered firearms and hundreds of assorted ammunition were seized by the police in Haiti.

Jamaican law-enforcement authorities believe several of them were destined for the country’s criminal underworld.

Last year, several Jamaica Constabulary Force members were also deployed to the neighbouring Caribbean island, as part of plans to clamp down on the guns-for-drugs trade.

The CBSI dialogue is being held under the theme “Towards a more effective partnership: maintaining momentum on critical projects and initiatives within 12 months, establishing a stronger partnership for the future.”

The Session has been dubbed – “enhancing our partnership and building the foundation for a comprehensive approach: next steps and emerging issues such as terrorism, countering violent extremism.”

The Security Ministry says Minister Montague noted the importance of continued dialogue with Haiti, given its proximity to Jamaica and the security concerns.

According to Mr. Montague, there’ll be increased intelligence sharing between both countries, and the exploration of further areas of cooperation.

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