With a view to strengthening the relationship between the law enforcement agencies of
Russian Ambassador Nikolay Smirnov, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and retired Major General Michael Atherly following the meeting on Monday
Guyana and the Russian Federation, Russian Ambassador to Guyana Nikolay Smirnov met with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.
The meeting was held on Monday at the Public Security Ministry on Brickdam, Georgetown. Coordinator of the Task Force on Narcotic Drugs and Illicit Weapons, Major General (Retired) Michael Atherly was also present at the meeting.
During the meeting, Ramjattan and Smirnov discussed matters of mutual interest. Among the issues discussed was the signing of an agreement on “Cooperation between the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Public Security of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana”. This agreement will strengthen the bilateral legal framework for interaction between law enforcement agencies of the two countries.
An earlier agreement on cooperation between the Federal Service of the Russian Federation for Narcotics Traffic Control and the Ministry signed in Havana in February 2012 was also considered to establish progress made in this regard.
The Russian side has expressed its willingness to continue providing courses for Guyanese Police during the present year, 2016. One Police Sergeant has recently been admitted to the “Incident Site Inspection Finger-Printing Identification Programme” to be held at Moscow University of the Ministry of Interior of Russia from March 28 to April 26, 2016.
It was further pointed out during the interaction that the recent abolishment of the visa requirement between the two countries now facilitates easy travel of Guyanese Policemen to Russia.
The Russian Government has been facilitating training for Guyanese Policemen for several years and intends to extend such training to programmes being done at the Regional Counter Drug Law-Enforcement Training Centre in Managua and the Russian-Cuban Fire and Rescue Training Centre in Havana.
The aim of this training is to strengthen the capacity of participants to fight illicit drug trafficking and prevent, cope with and recover from natural disasters, fires and other emergencies.