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‘EU won’t fight over gays'
2012-06-26 15:41:57 | (0 Comments)
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The European Union says it has no plans to copy the United States in tying the disbursement of aid to countries which promote gay rights.
According to John Caloghirou, the head of the Caribbean Division of the European Union, the EU remains concerned about human rights issues in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.
But he says tying the disbursement of European aid to the promotion of gay rights would be confrontational.
“I don’t think that it is something to be considered,” he told a group of Jamaican journalists on a training course in Brussels.
In December last year United States President Barack Obama announced that the US would use diplomatic tools including foreign aid, to promote gay rights around the world.
But the EU Caribbean boss does not foresee that level of “confrontation” as a necessary action.
“In general in the Caribbean, democracy, human rights [and] the rule of law are generally respected, and where we do have differences we use political dialogue to exchange our views and transmit our differences and we listen to the other side,” he said.
At the same time, Caloghirou says the EU is encouraged by the declaration by Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller that the Parliament would have a conscience vote on whether to keep the buggery law.
Source: The Gleaner/Power 106 News
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