Russia pledges support to Guyana’s security sector

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Public Security Minister, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan greets H.E. Nikolay Smirnov, Russian Ambassador to Guyana.
Public Security Minister, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan greets H.E. Nikolay Smirnov, Russian Ambassador to Guyana.
Public Security Minister, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan greets H.E. Nikolay Smirnov, Russian Ambassador to Guyana.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Russian Ambassador to Guyana, Nikolay Smirnov, paid a courtesy call to Second Vice President and Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan on Tuesday, June 16, where a number areas of mutual interest were discussed.

According to the Minister, among several issues discussed were training and capacity building for the officers in the Guyana Police Force (GPF). He said he was brought up-to-date with the bilateral relation shared between the two countries at the level of the ministry.

It was noted that a general framework agreement is being fine-tuned and a final draft is to be taken to Cabinet to be signed off. This agreement, according to Minister Ramjattan will see “the specifics that we are going to be entering into; for example, if there is need for an extradition treaty, control of drugs, illicit drugs, or mutual assistance in crime, what agreements and specific assistance we will get will arise out of that general agreement.”

According to Ramjattan, he was also made aware of several training opportunities that are available and open to Guyana in Russia, through the Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Smirnov expressed gratitude to the Minister for meeting with him, pointing out that the meeting was very useful to both countries.

He added that in 2013, five policemen benefited from training in Russia and four others have been selected for the 2015 training session.

This training is expected to last for a maximum of three months. These officers were already identified under the previous administration. In February 2012, a bilateral agreement between Guyana and Russia was signed, dealing with cooperation and anti -drugs and anti-narcotics.

In regard to this, the Ambassador pointed out that there is need for improvement, thus this was also a part of the discussions held. [Extracted and modified from GINA]

3 COMMENTS

  1. What is important at this juncture of the security situation in Guyana, is not only the signing of the bilateral agreement enhancing cooperation in anti -drugs and anti-narcotics between Guyana and Russia but Russia should use its influence, if any, to address the blatant imbalance in every area of the security services immediately. The composition of the security services MUST reflect the make up of the population.
    As for Mr Ramjattan, he needs to follow through on his promises with regards not only to rogue cops but also those ”dead wood” cops who, with little or no qualification, see joining the police force as an opportunity to have a job for life.
    I may just be opening a can of worms here but I know many and have come across many who could barely read and spell.
    Citizens in general do not see COPS as friendly but impolite, loudmouthed, bullies who use the uniform as a means to terrorise the ordinary people who must ”do as you are told”.

  2. That’s it,ONCE GUYANA has invite n let Russia into its business affairs by letting Russia invite its men into Russia to TRAIN THEM ,THATS IT,PURE COMMUNIST,N THEN OTHER COUNTRIES WILL NOT WANT TO HELP N HAVE TIES WITH GUYANA,CUZ THEY WONT WANT TO TRUST GUYANA!!!! Russia is COMMUNIST LIKE VENEZUELA,NORTH KOREA,PART OF CHINA,N THAT IS WHY THEY ARE BY THEMSELVES N CANT BE TRUSTEF….MIGHT AS WELL JOIN IRAN ETC N FINISH!

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