Trinidad and Tobago Calls for Concerted International Action Against Drug and Arms Trafficking
By Dialogo October 01, 2010
Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar addressed the United Nations General Assembly to call for “urgent international action” for the fight against drug and firearms trafficking on September 27.
Persad-Bissessar urged that the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) be used to stop the trade in illegal firearms, and called for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to be empowered to try drug-traffickers, according to Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday newspaper.
Stressing that Caricom governments, including hers, are concerned about the proliferation of illegal small arms and light weapons, Persad-Bissessar explained that national governments alone cannot solve the problem because of its global dimension.
In order to address the problem, stated the Prime Minister, “We have had to divert financial resources which could have otherwise been used for economic and social development.”
During her 18-minute address, Persad-Bissessar stated that the origin of illicit trade is beyond national borders and so merits a global response, reported Newsday.
“We cannot allow our young people to continue to fall victims to this insidious monster which has fueled translational organized crime and resulted in cross border armed violence which threaten the political and social stability of many nations,” she said according to the Xinhua report.
The first female Prime Minister of the Caribbean archipelago concluded her loudly applauded address with a call for more conversations between nations, reported Newsday.