PNP: Why we didn’t go
KINGSTON – THE Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) on Tuesday said its absence from Sunday’s opening ceremony of the Caricom (Caribbean Community) Summit
in Montego Bay,
St James, “followed logically from its stated position during the recent debate” of its no-confidence motion
against Prime Minister Bruce Golding over his handling of the Christopher “Dudus”
Coke extradition issue.
During the motion brought in early June,
the PNP said it could
not sanction Golding as chairman of Caricom, arguing that Jamaicans had no confidence in his “credibility to govern Jamaica’s affairs”.
In a release on Tuesday, the PNP
said its decision was bolstered by last week’s pronouncement by former commissioner of police, Rear Admiral Hardly Lewin, that the information concerning
the then pending extradition request
by the United States
for Coke, was leaked
The Opposition party also said it was “concerned about the absence
of a coherent policy on Caricom by the Golding administration”.
As examples, it cited the administration’s failure to complete the ratification procedure
for Jamaica’s membership in the Caribbean Court
of Justice (CCJ);
its indecision on the appellate jurisdiction
of the CCJ in light
of the expressed wishes
of the British judiciary that countries, like Jamaica, still utilising
the Privy Council as their final court of appeal, should make alternative arrangements; and
the proposed solution
to the so-called implementation deficit.
‘”The administration’s proposal for a 15-member, high-level council
as the solution to the implementation problem merely adds another
layer of bureaucracy
and is not a credible solution to the key problem facing Caricom at this time,” Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Anthony Hylton, said.
“The Opposition reiterates its full support for Caricom within Jamaica and for Jamaica within Caricom
[but given the circumstances], the leadership of the People’s National Party did
not feel that it was
the appropriate signal
to send to the Jamaican people or the international community that it was
in support of the installation of Golding
as chairman of Caricom at this time.”