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To attend events that are part of the Royals’ Jamaica tour

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Opposition Leader Mark Golding (File photo)

Despite highlighting the Opposition’s repeated calls for Jamaica to start the process to become a republic and its support for the Reparations Movement, People’s National Party President Mark Golding says he is duty-bound to attend events as part of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In fact, the Opposition leader said when Prince William and his wife Kate arrive in Jamaica on Tuesday, he will make “our views on these fundamental issues” known to the Royals.

Golding has been invited to participate in the arrival of the Duke and Duchess at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Tuesday, the Royals’ visit to his constituency of St Andrew Southern, and a state dinner that is scheduled for Wednesday evening.

“It is in the interests of the Jamaican people that the Opposition be present and able to make our views on these fundamental issues known to the Royals. Constructive dialogue is the best way to move this process forward, and attending these events provides an opportunity for this,” Golding said in a statement on Monday.

“The issues at hand are not about current personalities, but rather about the imperative of a principled reckoning with the past, and I intend to communicate directly our position on these issues,” he added.

In the statement, Golding said the Opposition has been consistent in repeatedly calling for Jamaica to become a republic by replacing the British monarch with a Jamaican as the country’s head of State.

It said the Opposition has also been consistent in “our support for the Reparations Movement in the struggle for reparatory justice in respect of the genocide of indigenous peoples and the horrific injustices inflicted on peoples of African descent during the centuries of the slave trade, chattel slavery and the plantation system in Jamaica and other countries”.

Also pointing to the planned protests and calls for the British monarch to make an apology for the role played in the Slave Trade, chattel slavery and the plantation system, The Opposition said it agrees that such an apology would be an appropriate way for the British Monarchy to begin the process of atonement for their role in this aspect of the country’s history.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are undertaking an official visit to Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas on behalf of The Queen on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee. They are scheduled to arrive in Jamaica from Belize on Tuesday and are set to depart on Thursday for The Bahamas.

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