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14.03.2009 General News

Ghana, Britain To Fight Drug Trafficking

By ISD (DARLING M.E. CANN)

The Minister for Justice and Attorney General Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu yesterday commended the British government and welcomed the idea of Britain's interest in partnering with Ghana to wage war against drug trafficking and international crime.

The joint initiative, the minister said, will help bring the high incidence of illegal narcotic activity toll down to the barest minimal if not curbed outright.

She made these remarks when the British High Commissioner to Ghana Mr Nicholas Westcott paid a working visit on her at her office.

Mr Westcott emphasised Britain's determination to collaborate with Ghana and put out measures to fight illicit drug trade and international crime.

Some of the measures, he said, include a joint project to intercept drug traffickers under the West bridge project as well as exchange ideas with the Ghanaian narcotic authorities on crime prosecution service between the two countries.

'There is also going to be a dialogue on processes of transfer of prisoners and exchange of programmes and staff to share experiences in crime prosecution' he noted.

Mr Westcott hoped, the partnership will deepen the relationship between the two countries to help nip the incidence of drug trafficking in the bud.

In a separate meeting, the US ambassador Donald Teteilbum also promised America's commitment to assist Ghana in the area of technical and legal expertise to bring down the tide of illicit narcotic activities.

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