Gov’t team to monitor conflict

Gov’t team to monitor conflictFearing there could be “likely consequences” for Jamaica resulting from a United States-led invasion of Iraq, Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has named “a technical working team”, including several Ministers, to closely monitor daily developments.

At a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House yesterday, Information Minister, Senator Burchell Whiteman, said the team will be on “permanent call for meetings from time to time, as the situation demands”. He was, however, quick to add that the Government was wary about creating unnecessary panic among the citizenry, but stressed that a contingency plan had to be put in place.

“The Prime Minister will be addressing the nation shortly, so there is not much more I will say on this topic,” Mr. Whiteman said. “The address will focus on the war and its implications for Jamaicans, at home and abroad. The date of this address we are not yet sure about, but it will likely depend on developments in the international arena today and over the next few days.


Source: The Gleaner