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PM: Laws to tackle illegal drug trade in region coming

By COREY CONNELLY Sunday, February 2 2014

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Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar talk to reporters yesterday at the Diplomatic Lounge at Piarco International airport....
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar talk to reporters yesterday at the Diplomatic Lounge at Piarco International airport....

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday described her four-day trip to Cuba as a resounding success.

Speaking to reporters shortly after her arrival at the Piarco International Airport, Persad-Bissessar said the declarations agreed upon during the past few days had set the framework for the next summit, to be held in Costa Rica in 2015.

“We can change the world around us and serve the people of our region for the future,” she said during a news conference.

The PM left the country last Monday to attend the third Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Havana, Cuba.

Referring to a special draft declaration on nucleur disarmament, Persad-Bissessar said regional leaders had agreed to draft legislation to tackle the illegal drug trade in the region.

She said the control of the drug trade in the region remained a major challenge for some countries and policies needed to be implemented to deal with the illegal activity.

The declaration, she added, will also contain initiatives to deal with the treatment and rehabilitation of persons suffering from drug addiction.

Persad-Bissessar also reiterated that she had made a formal bid for the United Nations Arms Treaty Trade (ATT) to be headquartered in this country.

“All the major institutions of the UN should not be located in one region,” she argued.

The ATT is intended to regulate the trade in small arms and light weapons, particularly in territories affected by the illegal drug trade.

She said this country will benefit tremendously from this initiative given its geographic location within the region.

“As you know, guns are creating havoc in our country,” said Persad-Bissessar.

Persad-Bissessar said proposals to tackle poverty, illiteracy and inequality were also discussed during the summit.

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