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Jamaica increasing engagement with US authorities in crime fight, says PM


by Alecia Smith (Jamaica Observer) Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government has increased its efforts to stop the flow of illegal guns into the island through discussions with United States authorities who are also being asked to help target Jamaican gang bosses living in that country who are directing murders here.

Holness spoke of the cooperation between Kingston and Washington as he outlined his Administration’s strategy, including a two-week gun amnesty that ended Saturday night, to tackle spiralling crime in the country.

“There are several loopholes in our system which we will be closing. We have been engaging with our US counterparts in discussions on further measures that could be taken to stem the flow of illegal guns into Jamaica,” he told cheering, horn-blowing, and bell-ringing supporters at the 79th annual conference of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party inside the National Arena in St Andrew on Sunday.

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