Tuesday, March 19, 2013

T&T provides details on political support to fight drug and crime problems

Jack Warner said on Monday the just published International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) is a combination of the facts provided by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago as well as media reports and other anecdotal reports. 

"The Report reflects therefore the perspective of the US State Department on TT efforts,” the National Security Minister said in a media statement. 

Warner said the report is a unilateral position of the United States Government and represents that country's position on T&T's drug control efforts. 

"This is a fact that must be borne in mind...The same is done with other State Department Reports, like the annual Trafficking in Persons Report and the Human Rights Report," Warner said.

He added, "It is instructive that the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism, implemented by the Organization of American States (OAS) has noted Trinidad and Tobago's progress in drug control. 

"In the most recent evaluation report, Trinidad and Tobago received 12 recommendations, 6 of which have been fully implemented while another 6 are being actively pursued, with progress made toward implementation.

"Trinidad and Tobago has always advocated and demonstrated a willingness to work with the United States Embassy to provide the most accurate information on its drug situation. This year was no exception. However the report as published does not reflect only the facts provided by the GOTT, but also media reports and other anecdotal reports. The Report reflects therefore the perspective of the US State Department on TT efforts."

The minister also provided a comprehensive report dealing with the conclusions of the report and the facts as they relate to Trinidad and Tobago.

With respect to the report's conclusion that the government did not give sufficient support at the political level to those fighting crime and drugs, the minister provided details facts to refute that.

They include:
  • Increased funding for the Ministry of National Security
  • Annual contribution of US$20,000 to Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission for (CICAD)
  • Establishment of Drug Treatment Courts
  • Provision of funding (US$100,000) towards an OAS Study to examine the drug problem in the Americas
  • Drafting of new legislation
  • Development of the National Drug Plan for the period 2013-2017
  • Capacity building in the area of Precursor Chemicals, control of drugs via the internet
  • Continuous training

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