THE United States Department of State's recently released 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report represents a one-sided position, said National Security Minister Jack Warner.
The report stated in its conclusion for Trinidad and Tobago's review that "the entities and individuals working to combat narcotics in Trinidad and Tobago face considerable challenges and insufficient support from political leadership".
"Please note that the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report is a unilateral position of the United States Government," Warner stated in a release. "Therefore, it represents that country's position on our drug control efforts. This is a fact that must be borne in mind."
Warner said that the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism, implemented by the Organisation of American States, has noted this country's progress in drug control. "In the most recent evaluation report, Trinidad and Tobago received 12 recommendations, six of which have been fully implemented, while another six are being actively pursued, with progress made toward implementation."
Warner stated that this country has always demonstrated a willingness to work with the United States.
"Trinidad and Tobago has always advocated and demonstrated a willingness to work with the United States Embassy to provide the most accurate information on its drug situation. This year was no exception. However, the report as published does not reflect only the facts provided by the GOTT, but also media reports and other anecdotal reports.
"The report reflects therefore the perspective of the US State Department on T&T efforts," Warner stated.