Budget Summary ($000)
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Due to its strategic geographic location, its extensive coastline, active ports and proximity to Europe, Turkey is a major transshipment point for illicit drugs heading to Europe both from the east – principally Afghan heroin – and from Africa and Latin America. Turkey has among the world’s highest rates of drug seizures, and has a long history of close law enforcement cooperation with the United States. Ongoing criminal activities serve to undermine the rule of law, lead to corruption of public officials, and weaken Turkish institutions, so Turkey’s future stability, security and economic development will be affected by how effective it is in promoting rule of law and in confronting drug trafficking, organized crime and terrorism. The prospect of EU membership increases both the opportunity for improvements and the pressing need for such advances.
Increasing Turkey’s ability to interdict contraband and dismantle criminal organizations directly advances U.S. Peace and Security objectives as well. As a major ally in the war on terrorism, the integrity and professionalism of Turkey’s security and law enforcement agencies are critical to the ability of U.S. counterpart agencies to work effectively with them and exchange information. In addition, these programs indirectly support Democracy and Good Governance and Economic objectives by promoting rule of law, combating corruption, and facilitating legitimate economic growth and investment – both essential to Turkey’s goal of eventually joining the European Union. U.S. support for Turkey’s political and economic transition and its continued development as a moderate, Muslim state is consistent with our National Security Strategy. The U.S. Administration has placed great emphasis on partnership with Turkey, especially in the security arena. President Obama and Secretary Clinton each included Ankara among their first official international visits in early 2009.
Program Goals and Objectives
The Turkey program supports Embassy Ankara’s FY 2011 Mission Strategic Plan peace and security priority, and INL’s FY 2011 Bureau Strategic Plan goals for criminal justice sector capacity building, and transnational crime.
Objective 1 – Counternarcotics and Combating Organized Crime: To increase drug seizures and effectively dismantle criminal networks. Through training, technical assistance, and international cooperation, help to reduce the flow of illicit drugs and other contraband to and through Turkey – including active deterrence.
Objective 2 –Support Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment: To improve the capacity of Turkish authorities to prevent and to treat drug abuse, especially among youth, with a view to reducing drug abuse among Turkey’s youth.
FY 2011 Program
Development of the Turkish National Police force’s counternarcotics capability (Ongoing)
Through training, technical assistance and mentoring, DEA Special Agents will provide Turkish counterparts with tools and techniques to better counter illicit drug trafficking.
INL will support Turkey in expanding its analytical and information management capabilities to better target criminal organizations through the use of FY 2011 funds.
INL proposes to use FY 2011 resources to support more active and effective engagement by Turkish law enforcement personnel, with the U.S. and other partners (e.g. counterparts in Southeastern Europe).
Support Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment:
Funding would be made available for training and programs related to drug abuse prevention and treatment of drug addiction, a growing problem in Turkey.