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Monday, May 1, 2006

by Gordon French
Caribbean Net News Guyana Correspondent
Email: gordon@caribbeannetnews.com

GEORGETOWN, Guyana: The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is to provide further assistance to Guyana in the search for missing weapons from the country's army base camp in Georgetown, the country's capital, a government spokesman said last week.

Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon, said the FBI will assist in finding the missing AK47 weapons from the Guyana Defence Force's (GDF) bond.

The army had declared the weapons missing after conducting an inventory following the disappearance of weapons and ammunition from an army camp in neighbouring Suriname.

The FBI had earlier assisted with the initial investigation by collecting mainly forensic evidence and taking it to the United States for study.

"You might know that soon external support would be provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) into conducting some more investigations into the disappearance of those weapons," Luncheon said.

Guyana has witnessed an upsurge in gun-related crimes and a high level of unsolved high profile murders. Police reports have indicated that AK47s are used in many high profile robberies and murders. The most recent was the slaying of the country's minister of agriculture.

Luncheon added that there has not yet been any success into the second aspect of the investigations into recovery of the weapons nor has there been a report as to where the weapons may be and as a result how they are to be retrieved.

"The threat to our democracy is even more pressing today no doubt related to the unexplained disappearance of the AK47s from the military and the failure of the recovery," the government spokesman noted.

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