US strengthens commitment to fight drug trafficking in Cape Verde
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 20:04   PDFPrint E-mail

The United States will continue to support Cape Verde and the entire ECOWAS region in the fight against drug trafficking, organized crime, illegal migration and money laundering, affirmed Prime Minister José Maria Neves in a press conference following his meeting of nearly one hour with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton made a stopover on the island of Sal at the end of a visit to four West African countries.

The United States of America will continue to support Cape Verde, as well as the rest of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region, in the fight against drug trafficking, organized crime, illegal migration and money laundering, affirmed José Maria Neves following his nearly hour-long meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the island of Sal.

According to the Prime Minister, “the United States is highly committed to peace and stability in the region and to the development of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, and to respect for and the promotion of human rights.” “Cape Verde has been an ally, a friend, and a useful partner for this region to be one of peace and stability,” affirmed Neves, in whose view it is good for the ECOWAS to have the United States as its partner in the construction of democratic rule of law.

The deportation of Cape Verdeans from the United States was another issue discussed in the meeting with the United States Secretary of State. According to José Maria Neves, Cape Verde wants to work with the United States in order to reduce the number of those deported back to the archipelago. “We’re working to reduce the numbers of those deported, but also to improve the insertion and integration of Cape Verdeans” in American society, he stressed.

José Maria Neves also announced that the accord for Cape Verde’s second Millennium Challenge Account contract, worth US$ 66.2 million, will be signed with the Millennium Challenge Corporation on February 10 or 11. The funds are planned to be used in the water, sanitation, property rights and land management sectors.

Cape Verde also touched upon the issues of gender-based violence and gender equality and equity. “This was an important point of discussion. We evaluated the progress made and I highlighted the approval of the law against gender-based violence. We’ve seen enormous gains in this area,” said Neves.