This is not the first time such calls have been issued. In 2013, Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller urged diplomatic discussions on the issue of reparations. The same year, 14 Caribbean nations sued Britain, Holland, and France demanding reparations for slavery, and the International Criminal Court is expected to hear the cases at an undetermined date.

Cameron, who is slated to appear before the Jamaican parliament on Wednesday, has not directly responded to Monday’s letter. But an unidentified Downing Street official reportedly told the Guardian that neither an apology nor reparations will be forthcoming.

“This is a longstanding concern of theirs and there is a longstanding UK position, true of successive governments in the UK, that we don’t think reparations are the right approach,” said the individual, described as a “number 10 official.”

Meanwhile, the letter from Beckles warns: “In the four corners of Kingston there are already whispers that your strategy will be to seek a way to weaken Jamaica’s commitment to Caribbean reparations in a singular act of gift-granting designed to divide and rule and to subvert the regional discourse and movement.”

But there are also growing signs that Cameron cannot hide from the demands for reparations—which are also emanating from within Britain.

Last month, Brixton’s large African-Carribean community marched and rallied behind reparations.

And Fernne Brennan, author and lecturer at the Essex University Law School, declared: “There is going to be more and more pressure on the state to apologize and engage in discussion for reparations because we are in the [UN] international decade for people of African descent.”

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