Letter to the Majority
and Minority Leaders of the Senate on Assistance to
Senate has before it resolutions to disapprove my certification of
understand a number of Senators are attracted by the idea that a ``national
interest'' certification would send
I have already sent that message, both in my February 13 meeting with President de la Madrid in Mazatlan and in the statement accompanying my ``full cooperation'' certification. It is absolutely clear, from the Mexican President's words and his Government's subsequent actions, that the message was received and understood.
the Congress now overturn the Administration's ``full cooperation'' certification,
the political impact in
political impact of decertification by the
Moreover, I believe my certification decision was correct. While we fault Mexican efforts in some areas, we should not overlook the many positive actions they have taken. For instance: Mexico was the first Latin American country to sign and ratify a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with us; in 1987, they increased by 26% their eradication of marijuana while slightly improving opium poppy eradication; their seizures of all drugs in 1987 were up (cocaine by 75%; opium derivative 12%, and marijuana 400%); they arrested 9,800 persons for trafficking including nine major (class 1) narcotics violators.
sum, I believe it would be both unfair and counterproductive for Congress to
disapprove my certification of
March 1, I recommended full certification for The Bahamas. As with
When this issue comes before the Senate, it is important that this potential damage be avoided. I would like to review my rationale for full certification.
have received excellent operational level cooperation from the Bahamian
government. To date, no
As a result of our bilateral, cooperative efforts, there was a 300% increase in marijuana and cocaine seizures in 1987 compared to 1986. Last year's seizures amounted to over 24,860 pounds of cocaine and 146.5 tons of marijuana.
Likewise, the Bahamian government made progress in 1987 in key areas of enforcement, investigation, and prosecution. A Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) was signed, and the Bahamian parliament now has passed implementing legislation. Negotiations have been proceeding extremely well on a new modern extradition treaty which would greatly broaden the scope of extraditable offenses. Tough new asset forfeiture laws have been enacted. Bahamians are taking steps to prosecute corruption offenders. And a new special drug court, and a proposal for a second, should relieve the over-burdened legal system.
operational level cooperation excellent and anti-corruption efforts improving,
we want to encourage and strengthen those Bahamians, including officials at the
highest level, who clearly want to do more. Again, as with
Note: Identical letters were sent to Robert C. Byrd and Robert Dole, Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate, respectively.