Topic: The threat of Global Bioterrorism . Country: The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Delegate: Mattieu Ramsawak. In the recent Summit of the CARICOM Heads of Government held in Port-of-Spain, Prime Minister Patrick Manning stated that Trinidad and Tobago is in full support of world initiatives against terrorism, in particular against bioterrorism. Indeed, bioterrorism is one of the oldest and deadliest forms of weapons of mass destruction. With modern advances in science and technology, the threat of bioterrorism has taken a deadly new turn. The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago believes that the threat of bioterrorism is very real, and is in full support of world initiatives to curb or prevent these heinous attacks from occurring. Recently several Trinidadian nationals belonging to prominent religious extremist groups have been implicated in terrorist plots in North America and parts of Europe and Asia. The republic of Trinidad and Tobago believes that it has a legitimate reason to be weary of bioterrorist attacks against itself, as this country is the leading economic power in the Caribbean and the largest supplier of natural gas to the United States. As it is yet still considered a developing country, the country feels that it does not yet have the adequate resources to prepare for a possible terrorist attack. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has taken many safety precautions against the threat of bioterrorism. It has reformed the import regulations on incoming items like fruits, vegetables, livestock and other foodstuff, to allow strict control over what comes into the country. Recently the Trinidad and Tobago regiment performed searches on several local privately-owned laboratories, in order to determine if any illegal research involving diseases or viruses has been carried out. The government also recently invited the American CIA to the country to give tips to local law enforcement about preparedness for threats such as biological warfare. Trinidad and Tobago supported the creation of the Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit at the convention in Geneva on August 20th, 2007. The Republic believes that this is a positive step towards preventing the use of biological warfare. In the past it has also supported the United Nations Special Commission in its anti-terrorism endeavors. The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago believes that the threat of biological warfare can be eradicated if countries act swiftly and sternly. Countries should take measures to secure and/ or destroy their supplies of known viruses such as Ebola. Countries must also make known to the international community any research it undertakes with known communicable viruses. I think it is also worthwhile for countries to collaborate to form groups of experts to do scientific research to find cures to many of the current deadly diseases, like th Bird Flu, which currently have no cure. Trinidad and Tobago also believes that any countries with a known history of biological terror capabilities to carefully monitored, and that countries who fail to adhere to any formed agreement on the matter be strongly reprimanded within the sanctions of the UN. The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is happy to sign any agreement that will encourage the co-operation of nations to do all that is possible to prevent acts of bioterrorism from affecting innocent people.
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