Compensate for slavery: Jamaica

March 6th, 2012 - 7:04 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 6 (IANS) Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has hinted that Britain might want to pay her country compensation for slavery in the days of the Empire.

She said if Britain wanted to apologise for slavery it would be “fine with us”, The Telegraph reported Tuesday. She also repeated her view that the Queen should be removed as head of state of the Commonwealth realm.

Britain’s 27-year-old Prince Harry, who was welcomed by a 21-gun salute as his private jet landed in Kingston Monday for the final leg of his tour of Commonwealth realms in the Caribbean, found himself walking into a diplomatic minefield as a result of Miller’s comments.

In an interview with the BBC recorded hours before Prince Harry touched down at Kingston’s Normal Manley Airport, Miller chose the four-day Diamond Jubilee visit to highlight the way her forebears had been wronged by the British.

Fifty years after Jamaica gained independence Miller returned to the theme of slavery to ram home her argument for the country to become a republic, the newspaper added.

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