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Guyana minister says US security advisers not needed to help fight crime in violent nation

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana's security minister says there is no reason to take the United States up on its offer to provide advisers who could help with crime-fighting strategies.

Minister Clement Rohee told reporters Sunday that there is "no need for such advisers in Guyana" even though the country is struggling to fight soaring crime and gang-related violence.

Rohee says U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made the offer last month.

In recent years, former British colonies in the Caribbean from Jamaica to Trinidad have accepted help from British or Canadian authorities to battle crime. Caribbean nations rarely turn to U.S. law enforcement.