St Kitts PM regrets loss of life

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — St Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr Denzil L Douglas said yesterday that he regrets the loss of life in Jamaica and expressed confidence that the security forces will deal with the effectively.

“It is with much regret that I learnt of the recent developments that resulted in the loss of human lives and property in Jamaica,” said Dr Douglas in a message to his Jamaican counterpart, Bruce Golding.

Dr Douglas, who is also chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, told Prime Minister Golding that the security forces must be commended for the critical role that they continue to play in ensuring that calm prevails in the affected communities.

“I am confident that they possess the required expertise to effectively execute their duties in the face of the existing circumstances,” he said.

Angry clashes between security forces and gun-touting civilians in Kingston have been sparked by efforts to execute a warrant for the arrest of reputed gang leader, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, wanted in the United States to answer to drug- and gun-running charges.

Unconfirmed reports said that more than 40 persons have been killed during the violence that began on Sunday.

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