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Without directly addressing loud calls from several quarters , within the Caribbean, for reparation from Britain, David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, this week urged the region to move past the legacy of slavery, which he described as "abhorrent" in all forms.

In an address to a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament, Cameron declared that slavery has no place in any civilised society, adding that Britain was proud to have eventually led the way in its abolition.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who welcomed the UK leader before he made his presentation to lawmakers, said she discussed the "difficult issue of reparation" with Cameron, which is being considered by the Caribbean Community.

She said Jamaica was committed to a spirit of mutual respect, openness and understanding as it engaged the UK on the question of reparation.
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