Costa Rica to have more active role in narcotics fight

By Dialogo
October 02, 2012

NEW YORK, U.S.A. – Costa Rica is counting on cooperation among member countries of the United Nations to develop a more aggressive strategy in their narcotics fights, Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo Barrantes told the United Nations General Assembly on Oct. 1.
Several Latin American presidents, including Mexico’s Felipe Calderón and Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos, joined South and Central American countries to ask the United Nations General Assembly to review its counter-narcotics strategy.
The United Nations said it’s ready to “facilitate” debate.
Barrantes said Costa Rica rejects “the dangerous notion of using the word ‘war’ to confront” drug trafficking, noting Central America cannot alone engage in the narcotics fight alone.
“Central American countries have agreed to act together on prevention, interdiction and suppression,” he said. “But what we can do is limited. It’s necessary that narco-trafficking starts being seen as a real threat to peace and international security.”
[AFP (Costa Rica), 01/10/2012; UN (New York), 01/10/2012]