Im­mi­nent peace in Colom­bia gives me hope

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -


THE RE­CENT peace treaty in Colom­bia and the award­ing of the No­bel Peace Prize to Colom­bia’s Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos have given me hope that Ja­maica can over­come its cur­rent crime prob­lem, even though the peace deal it­self still has a few hur­dles left to tackle.

If Colom­bia, with its trau­matic 50-year his­tory of guer­rilla war­fare and par­al­lel his­tory of narco-traf­fick­ing, can achieve this, there is no rea­son why Ja­maica can’t tackle its crime mon­ster. We just need the political will backed by the col­lec­tive will of the peo­ple. It will be hard to do, as this prob­lem didn’t de­velop overnight, but it’s not im­pos­si­ble.

Ja­maicans are re­silient and re­source­ful, and this is not be­yond our ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Once we move be­yond our tribal pol­i­tics and com­plic­ity in cor­rup­tion at all lev­els of so­ci­ety, Ja­maica will be well on its way to be­com­ing the peace­ful and pros­per­ous par­adise it was meant to be.



Brus­sels, Bel­gium

Juan Manuel San­tos

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