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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit
Reports
Date:  4/11/2012 
Suriname remains committed to policies strengthening public security.
- An Anti-Terror Unit (ATE) was established, directly reporting to the Chief of Police. Training to the ATE was provided by international experts. This unit assisted with maintaining public order and tranquility at the V Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Operation “The New Route” is aimed at suppressing crime in the broadest sense of the word and is being performed in the city of Paramaribo and surroundings, in cooperation with the military.
- Introduction of special techniques in criminal investigation.
- Security cameras along public roads and around bridges in Paramaribo have been installed.
- Improvement in coordinating activities by replacing the JAP Team with the Drug Trafficking (BID Team) at the international airport.
- Training of members of the BID Team by international instructors on a regular basis.
- Training of staff of the Police Corps of Suriname to become instructors in dog training in Suriname.
- Establishment of a training center for Drug Dogs in Suriname.

CHALLENGES IN NATIONAL SECURITY
Similar to other countries, Suriname faces certain security related threats and challenges which also include aspects of transnational organized crime, namely:
1. Drug trafficking
2. Trafficking in persons
3. Trafficking in small arms and light weapons
4. Illegal gold mining
5. Maritime robbery, illegal fishing and smuggling of goods
In response to these threats, Suriname has established institutions such as the Anti Terrorism Unit, Anti Narcotics Team and the Counter Terrorism Unit.

Anti-personnel landmines
Suriname signed and ratified the Mine Ban Treaty (Ottawa Convention) in 1997. The treaty entered into force on November 1, 2002.

During the internal conflict in 1986 a number of landmines were placed within the national territory. In order to effectively implement the recommendation of the Ottawa Convention, an inter-departmental commission was established in March 2003 and an agreement with the OAS was signed in November 2004 to undertake cooperative action in removing the anti personnel landmines.

As a result, close to 1000 landmines have been removed. The initial demining operation consisted of an international effort supported by, among others, the governments of Guyana and Brazil. Suriname has now been declared mine free by the OAS.
Paragraphs: 69, 70, 72, 75, 17 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

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