No Reparations! UK PM Tells Jamaicans to Move On

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British Prime Minister David Cameron this morning described the Transatlantic Slave Trade as uncivilized and abhorrent, during his address at a special sitting of the joint houses of parliament at Gordon House.

But Cameron resisted calls for him to apologize for Britain’s role in slavery.

He also avoided the issue of reparations during his 20 minute speech.

Since news came that Prime Minister Cameron would be visiting Kingston, a number of persons including Opposition MP, Mike Henry, Historian, Professor Verene Sheperd and leading attorneys, Lord Anthony Gifford QC and Bert Samuels have demanded that he address the issue of reparations.

The British Prime Minister today condemned slavery, but did not respond to calls for him to apologize and announce plans for reparations.

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Cameron said it’s time move on from what he described as the dark times of the TransAtlantic slave trade.

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Cameron lauded ties between Jamaica and the UK.

He said he was in Jamaica to celebrate.

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Meantime .. lawmakers in the Jamaican parliament applauded loudly, as Cameron spoke of the urgent need to use transparency to stamp out corruption.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Cameron also announced the launch of a Caribbean Partnership Fund, valued at £300-million.

He says the fund will be available to Caribbean states to pursue infrastructure development and address the scourge of poverty .

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Mr. Cameron says Britain is committed to its partnership with the Caribbean.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.