[www.inewsguyana.com] – President Donald Ramotar is cheerful about the setting up of the Drug Enforcement Administration office in Guyana and says his government welcomes the move.
During a media briefing which was held at the State House on Saturday (June 28), President Ramotar said that the administration has been pushing for this initiative from the very beginning.
“I mentioned at that sitting there, that fighting drugs is not the task of one country because of the volume of money that is involved in it and the linkages that exist. I just saw, I’m sure you all are aware of the statement made by the Assistant Secretary of State, where he pointed out that the killing of Dana Seetal in Trinidad and Tobago, was probably ordered from outside of that country”, the president said This, he said, shows the globalized nature of the beast that faces Guyana and the rest of the world, “and it is for this reason as well Guyana has been working to have more international cooperation to deal with this issue”.
A United States (US) Drug Enforcement Authority (DEA) country office in Guyana was recently given the congressional go ahead. The announcement was made, on June 26, at a joint press conference between President Donald Ramotar and US Ambassador to Guyana Brent Hardt at the Office of the President. The office, which will be stationed at the US Embassy in Georgetown, was equally welcomed by both the President and the Ambassador Hardt.
The President had noted that the US DEA has also been working very closely with Guyana’s Police Force and Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) from its base out of its office in Trinidad. President Ramotar, from the very beginning of his tenure, expressed the view that narco-trafficking is an international problem that needs international cooperation to successfully combat it.
[Extracted and modified from GINA]