CaribWorldNews, MIAMI, FL, Thurs. Nov. 19, 2009: The CARICOM nation of Suriname has assumed the vice presidency of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission of the Organization of American States.
The election took place on Wednesday on the first day of the Forty-Sixth Regular Session of the CICAD (CICAD 46) in Miami.
Chandrikapersad Santokhi, Suriname Minister of Justice and Police, assumed the role of Vice President on behalf of his government.
`I consider this election as a great honor for myself and my country,` he said, adding that it is `a confirmation of our full commitment to the CICAD process.`
Meanwhile, for the first time in the history of the body, the government of the United States has assumed the presidency.
David Johnson, Assistant Secretary of State of the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, assumed the presidency of the CICAD on behalf of his government.
`Since the beginning of the Obama Administration, one of the President`s key foreign policy principles has been the importance of working with others through international institutions to address global problems,` he said. `For us, CICAD has proven an invaluable forum to address the problems of drug cultivation, trafficking, and abuse in our hemisphere and so will be a key instrument that we will work with during the administration.`
CICAD 46 is being held November 18-20. It features a continuing discussion of demand reduction efforts in the hemisphere; an OAS presentation on the state of drug consumption in the hemisphere; and an update on new directions in the United States for the treatment of persons with drug addictions.
The CICAD was established by the OAS General Assembly in 1986 as the Western Hemisphere`s policy forum on all aspects of the drug problem.