Guyana And Venezuela Team Up To Fight Drug Trafficking
Guyana and Venezuela are looking to strengthen their partnership and cooperation in the ongoing fight against the narco trade. With Venezuela sharing a border with Columbia, it is believed that a large portion of the cocaine passing through Guyana makes its way from Colombia through Venezuela.
The two countries over the years have been looking at new ways to combat the old problem but Guyana’s porous borders and lack of sufficient resources to comprehensively deal with drug fight especially at the border regions have forced the authorities in both Guyana and Venezuela to start working closer together in the security sector.
This morning Guyana and Venezuela began negotiations on a new Anti-Drugs Cooperation Agreement. Officials from the two countries opened the meeting at the home affairs ministry with Home Affairs minister Clement Rohee stating that enhanced cooperation is needed.
Rohee said Guyana is putting together a new national drug strategy master plan but cooperation with its neighbours is whats important.
Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana Dario Morandy spoke of the important role Venezuela has been playing in trying to curb narco trafficking here. He pledged his government’s commitment to do more.
Guyana has been looking to develop closer ties with its neighbors over the years in its effort to stop the flow of drugs through Guyana. This country has been listed as a drug transshipment point for cocaine heading to Europe and north America.