Cable: Cuba vexed by Jamaica in drug fight

Dec. 16, 2010 at 10:27 AM

HAVANA, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Cuba cooperated well with the U.S. Coast Guard in fighting the illegal-drug trade but saw Jamaica as refusing to play ball, a U.S. diplomatic cable indicated.

A "significant frustration on the Cuban side is the reportedly complete lack of cooperation afforded them by the GOJ (Government of Jamaica) when it comes to ... information sharing," the Aug. 11, 2009, cable disclosed by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said.

Indeed, Jamaica "consistently ignored" Cuban calls for help on drug cases, said the cable, published by The Guardian newspaper in London.

Jamaican National Security Minister Dwight Nelson, appointed to the post April 6, 2009, told The (Kingston, Jamaica) Gleaner Havana's reported complaint was "absolute rubbish."

He said his government's efforts "to combat drug trafficking have been immense."

Havana and Washington had no immediate comment.

Besides working well with an unidentified Coast Guard interdiction specialist based in Havana, Cuba's anti-drug police were open to increasing contacts with other U.S. anti-drug officials, the cable said.

U.S. proponents of improved U.S.-Cuban relations portray Havana as an eager and important partner in fighting the Caribbean's illegal-drug trade, The Miami Herald's Spanish-language El Nuevo Herald said.

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