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FY 2012 Program and Budget Guide: Europe


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Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
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Turkey

Budget Summary ($000)

FY 2010 Actual

FY 2011 Estimate

FY 2012 Request

-

-

500

Program Overview

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 European Union 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 2012 Mission Strategic and Resource Plan peace and security priority, and INL’s FY 2012 Bureau Strategic and Resource 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, to help 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 2012 Program

Counternarcotics

Interdiction and Law Enforcement Training

Through training, technical assistance and mentoring, DEA will provide Turkish counterparts with tools and techniques to better counter illicit drug trafficking.

Funds will support Turkey in expanding its analytical and information management capabilities to better target criminal organizations.

Funds will support more active and effective engagement by Turkish law enforcement personnel, with the United States and other partners, e.g., investigative agencies from Southeastern Europe.

Drug Demand Reduction

Funds will provide training and programs related to drug abuse prevention and treatment of drug addiction, a growing problem in Turkey.


Turkey

   

INL Budget

   

($000)

   
   

FY 2010

FY 2011

FY 2012

   

Actual

Estimate

Request

1.4 Counternarcotics

     

Interdiction and Law Enforcement Training

0

0

400

Drug Demand Reduction

0

0

75

Program Development & Support (objective 6.2 attributed to 1.4)

0

0

25

 

1.4 Subtotal

0

0

500

Total

0

0

500



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