The Andrew Holness-Administration has renewed its commitment to resuming the Vale Royal talks with the Opposition People’s National Party, PNP.

That’s according to Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo-Forte.

She represented the Holness-administration at the Opposition’s National Crime and Violence Prevention Summit this morning.

Speaking at the summit, Opposition Leader and PNP President, Dr. Peter Phillips says the country must address underlying social and cultural issues if it is to win the war on crime.

William Mitchell was at the crime prevention summit and files this story.

Thirty-eight stakeholders gathered at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, to discuss ways to curb the nation’s crime problem.

The stakeholders included members of the security forces and private sector representatives.

Speaking at the crime prevention summit, Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, says a stakeholder gathering of this nature is important as Jamaica’s murder rate is at crisis level.

The PNP President says it’s unacceptable to have a murder rate that far exceeds the rate of some war torn countries.

The Opposition Leader says the nation needs to address its culture of violence.

Dr. Phillips says there needs to be security force reform. He says the country needs to tackle corruption.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte says the government agrees with the Opposition that the tackling the country’s crime problem is a matter of urgency.

She says despite an almost six month delay the government is still committed to the Vale Royal talks.

The Opposition PNP says the results of today’s summit will be published in two weeks.

William Mitchell for Nationwide News.