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Argentina promises to help with DNA testing, piracy fight

Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan greeting Argentina’s Ambassador to Guyana, Luis A. Martino.

Argentina plans to assist Guyana in beefing up its Forensic Laboratory to conduct DNA tests and also help fight piracy.

Minister of Public Security, Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan’s office said the commitments were given Wednesday, September 30, 2015 during a meeting he held with Argentina’s Ambassador to Guyana, Luis A. Martino.

In discussing the development of a cooperation project between Guyana and Argentina, Ramjattan said he asked the envoy for the sister South American nation to provide training in the preservation of biological samples for DNA study and  Computer forensics.

“The Ambassador indicated Argentina’s willingness to assist Guyana in the two areas mentioned by the Vice President,” said the minister’s office in the statement.

Ramjattan also wants Argentina to share its experience and expertise in combating piracy as part of efforts to strengthen the marine wing of the Guyana Police Force.

“Ambassador Martino asserted that Argentina has a lot of experience in the area of piracy and has agreed to the Vice President request for Argentina’s assistance,” said Ramjattan’s office.

The Public Security Minister and the Argentine Ambassador itaries also discussed the Argentina’s House of Justice (HOJ) initiatives, which provides vital social services to citizens in need of such services, and the possibility of Guyana benefitting from Argentina’s assistance in the areas of best practices among others.

Ramjattan shared his vision of having a House of Justice (HOJ) located initially in Regions 2 and 10 in Guyana subsequent to Local Government Elections, so that Guyanese citizens could have proper access to needed social services.

The ministry said the Argentine envoy promised to make arrangements for an exploratory mission from Argentina to be in Guyana with regard to the areas of cooperation discussed.