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06KINGSTON563
2006-03-21 14:55:00
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Embassy Kingston
Cable title:  

GOJ'S RESPONSE TO POTENTIAL US-CARICOM MINISTERIAL

Tags:   ETTC  MASS  OAS  PARM  PREL  XL  JM 
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P 211455Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY KINGSTON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2466
INFO RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RHMFISS/HQ USSOUTHCOM J6 MIAMI FL PRIORITY
						UNCLAS KINGSTON 000563 

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SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA/CAR (BENT), WHA/FO (SNIDLE) AND PM/WRA (PICO)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC MASS OAS PARM PREL XL JM
SUBJECT: GOJ'S RESPONSE TO POTENTIAL US-CARICOM MINISTERIAL
INITIATIVE ON COMBATTING ILLICIT ARMS TRAFFICKING

REF: SECSTATE 40149



1. (SBU) March 16, Poloff delivered reftel talking points via
facsimile to Joy Wheeler, Director of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Foreign Trade. On March 20, Poloff received a
response from Karl Hamilton, Ministry of National Security,
through Claudette Francis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Foreign Trade.



2. (U) The GOJ's response to potential US-CARICOM ministerial
initiative on combatting illicit arms trafficking is as
follows:

"The Ministry welcomes this initiative and hope that it will
bear fruit given Jamaica's active support and participation
in both the UN Programme of Action and the OAS CIFTA
Convention on the issue.

It is hoped that, particularly, technical assistance can be
provided for the region in the marking and tracing of
weapons, seeing that we are net importers of arms. The
deepening of customs and law enforcement exchange of
information and intelligence is always welcome.

Being aware of the problems associated with the illicit
import and trafficking of firearms, it is hope the US keeps
its word in assisting in this area, especially as it relates
to the stricter montioring (sic) of weapons being exported
from its shores.

Jamaica, however, is still in support of a legally binding
instrument at international level to compel states to provide
information on tracing and marking and other issues
pertaining to the export, import and transshipment of arms
and ammunition, but we are very much aware that the United
States, as producer country, is very much against this.

I understand that Hon. Minister Phillips will also be in
attendance at this meeting and should be able to expound on
the issue. Please also consult with the International
Organisations Department with which this Ministry/Division
has and will continue to exchange documents and views on the
issue at hand."

JOHNSON