Turks and Caicos Islands

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have made to the Government of Haiti regarding illegal migration of its citizens to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

We support an ongoing programme of co-operation at both official and ministerial level between the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and the Government of Haiti. We understand that this will soon be formalised by a Memorandum of Understanding due to be signed between the two Governments in May. This will focus on the need to improve the interdiction of illegal migrants and other areas of mutual interest, including promoting trade, closer political co-operation and the sharing of intelligence on drugs and firearms from Haiti. Our ambassador in Santo Domingo also raised this issue during a meeting with the Haitian Foreign Minister in January 2008.

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