British Prime Minister David Cameron tells the Jamaican parliament his administration will not make reparations for the country's role in the Caribbean slave trade. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday (September 30) that his administration would not make reparations for the country's role in the Caribbean slave trade. Cameron made the remarks during his visit to Jamaica, the first for a British prime minister in 14 years, emphasizing the importance of historical ties between the UK and the Caribbean nation. Cameron also revealed new plans for British investment in the Caribbean. Caribbean leaders in 2014 approved a 10-point plan to seek reparations from the former slave-owning states of Europe. The Caribbean countries said European governments in addition to being responsible for conducting slavery and genocide, also imposed 100 years of racial apartheid and suffering on freed slaves and the survivors of genocide. Slavery ended throughout the Caribbean in the 1800s in the wake of slave revolts, and left many of the region's plantation economies in tatters. Caribbean leaders have said that the region continues to suffer from the effects of slavery today. Whilst in Jamaica Cameron met with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Kingston.