|DominicanToday.com - The United States Government is concerned and has its eyes set on the deterioration in citizen security in Dominican Republic, as occurs in the entire region, an official of that nation revealed Monday, quoted in an exclusive phone interview by newspaper El Caribe.
U.S. Undersecretary of State for Central America and the Caribbean, Julissa Reynoso, said security is a pending topic for the Dominican Government.
“We don’t have something specific as a complaint but to generally improve the internal institutions that handle the question of security is obviously necessary, that is to say the jails, the courts, the Police. The Dominican Republic is a priority for us, given the size of the island which is part of, its geographic location and the type of impact which a very high level of criminality can have in that country,” the official said.
“We are very keen on that and the Dominican Government has also indicated to us that it is extremely concerned with the situation,” Reynoso said.
But insecurity isn’t Washington’s only concern, because she also noted that Dominican Republic needs to improve in the topics of inequality and development.
The United States Congress approved US$5.0 million for Dominican Republic during the current U.S. fiscal year (October this year to October 2011) as part of a package of US$45 million from the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) for this nation and includes other parts of the Caribbean.
“It is necessary to clarify that those five million dollars are from the Initiative, because the amount that we provide to that nation regarding security and topics of justice and prevention are much more than that,” added Reynoso.