Gambia, Turkey Confirm Security Cooperation Agreement

Written by Makula Dunbar

From All Africa

Gambian lawmakers Thursday unanimously ratified a ‘Security Cooperation Agreement between the government of the Republics of The Gambia and Turkey’ during the first session of the 2014 Legislative Year.

The agreement, among other things, seeks to prevent, suppress, and conduct investigation into crime, such as money laundering, cyber-crimes, smuggling of cultural and natural properties, illicit production of and trafficking in narcotic drugs, Psychotropic substances and their precursors, said the Interior minister, who tabled it before members.

Minister Ousman Sonko said the growing trend of cross-border criminal activities caused by porous borders and the ever more obvious links between the illicit drug trade and human trafficking; the proliferation of small arms, organised crime and terrorism meant that non-state actors are directly challenging the security of nations.

“Secondly, globalisation had made possible new forms and methods of organised crime. In this regard, the fight against International terrorism and transnational organised crime is only possible through enhanced international cooperation.

And, successes in the fight against trafficking in drugs and humans, as well as the associate problems of transnational crime are rooted in global cooperation,” he noted.

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