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Britain withdraws from overhaul of Guyana police

Britain withdraws from overhaul of Guyana police

Britain has withdrawn aid to Guyana's police force after disputes over the project's structure and the training of special forces troops in the South American country's jungles, officials said Wednesday.
British officials say they pulled out of the $6.5 million reform project because of concerns over financial accountability.
But Guyana said Wednesday that the decision is revenge for its refusal to allow British troops to engage in live-firing exercises near its western border with Venezuela.
"The position of the government of Guyana is that indeed the decision is regrettable," said the government statement.
Guyana frequently allows British and French troops to conduct training in its Amazon jungle, but government spokesman Kwame McKoy said the request to use live ammunition raised sovereignty issues for the former British colony. The denied request was for troops to train in Guyana earlier this year.
The aid program, which was supposed to last four years, has been scuttled two years into the effort to reform Guyana's police. It was providing modern forensic equipment and training to improve intelligence gathering and financial management for a force that had only a limited number of computers.
A dispute began when Guyana resisted a British request for their own consultant to administer the aid money, according to British officials who spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because they were not authorized to discuss the case.


Updated : 2021-08-01 05:41 GMT+08:00