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Commitment to peace?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Details are still sketchy on the peace agreement between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following their historic summit in Singapore yesterday.

However, this unprecedented meeting between two leaders, who were up to a few months ago trading insults and nuclear threats, could well be paving the way for calm and progress on the Korean peninsula. If the Singapore accord holds, it may well be the first of concrete steps toward denuclearization by a nation that had reportedly amassed an arsenal of nuclear warheads and was pursuing a dangerous atomic programme.

It is, however, still too early to tell whether there will finally be a “lasting and stable peace regime” on the Korean Peninsula as promised by the leaders. Agreements have been made before and quickly broken.

This time around, hope resides in the fact that Trump and Kim met face to face, something never done by their predecessors.

What is important is that real groundwork has been laid and building on it will require ongoing dialogue, as well as clear demonstrations from both sides of commitment to this peace deal.

Useless blame game

Unnecessary amounts of energy have been wasted pointing fingers and trying to lay blame instead of discussing the practical steps that must be taken to avoid or mitigate the damage when incidents arise like the one that resulted in Kemba Olufemi being seriously hurt by her ex-lover, who later died.

While it is now too late for Lloyd Logan, there is still time to consider interventions and safeguards that need to apply in these situations which occur with such frightening regularity in this country.

The reality is that a dangerous situation had been festering for some time, with threats made and other disturbing encounters before things escalated into the tragedy that played out in that car park in Pointe-a-Pierre.

It could be that enough has not been done to sensitise the public to these matters, or that resources were not made available that could have protected Ms Olufemi or diverted Mr Logan from his dangerous course of action. The full story is not yet known.

However, more energy and effort needs to be put into preventing another such tragedy.

The best of St James

WeBeat St James Live, a popular community event on T&T’s calendar of festivals, has once again lived up to its reputation for highlighting and promoting this country’s culture. Members of the St James Community Improvement Committee have done an excellent job of continuing this festival, brainchild of late businessman and cultural activist Earl Crosby.


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