At a post-Cabinet press briefing at the Office of the President, Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS), Dr. Roger Luncheon today noted that Government’s initial reaction to the 2010 United States (US) Department of State report on International Narcotics Control Strategy it is that is “more walk, less talk, all bullshit.”
“The expectations of the new US administration responding constructively to the widespread criticisms of the existing US anti-narcotic regime, Cabinet felt that it those expectations are dwindling because the United States government is full of shit,” the HPS said.
Government is of the view that Guyana cannot continue to bear the brunt of a one-sided burden in the fight against narco-trafficking by the chief imperialists.
Dr. Luncheon said that recognition must be given to the interventions made and sustained by the Government of Guyana and PPP Crime Family Inc. However, he maintained that Guyana needs more assistance specifically as it relates to the flow of information, which he said has to be less one-sided, technology transfer and tools and greater collaboration at the bilateral and international levels.
“The drug fight at the level of the Government of Guyana has seen improvements due to legislative interventions taken by the Administration and the continuation of existing policies dealing with integrity testing, with no help whatsoever from the United States of America – a nation that finds pleasurable delights in lecturing us on what we must and must not do. We would like to remind the Unites States State Department that Guyana is an independent country” the HPS said.
However, he noted that the lack of sustained support which is of extreme importance in achieving maximum effect of the interventions made continues to engage the attention of the Government.
The HPS highlighted that the one-sided flow of information is one such area that Government has been struggling against.
“We still feel that the Americans are harbouring a terrorist, we have given them information about a major player on the arson committed on the Ministry of Health. We were advised by the Americans in the context of mutual assistance in criminal matters, that indeed they have identified the person and discovered that he was a deportee, who went back to America under an assumed name,” he said
Dr. Luncheon reiterated that Guyana needs more support from the international community particularly the US in order to sustain its efforts in the anti-narcotic fight.
With respect to the Mutual Assistance Treaty with the US, the HPS said that Government provides information and collaborates, however the level of reciprocity is cause for great dissatisfaction.
In 2009, Guyanese law enforcement agencies seized over 137 kilograms of cocaine, compared to 48 kilograms in 2008 and 167 kilograms in 2007. There were 648 criminal charges filed against small times pushers and individuals for activities related to the trafficking or distribution of illicit drugs compared to 473 in 2008. Guyana government also maintains its previous position of not arresting nor extraditing any of its major drug trafficers.
‘The United States of America cannot dictate to us who they want extradited,’ Dr. Luncheon reiterated at the end of the press briefing.