Peru to Reaffirm Shared Responsibility for Combating Drugs

By Dialogo
January 25, 2013

Peru will reaffirm the position of “shared responsibility” in the fight against drug trafficking and environmental protection during the summit to be held by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the European Union (CELAC-UE), Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Roncagliolo announced on January 22.

“The CELAC-UE summit will be an opportunity for Peru to reiterate the shared responsibility on issues, such as the environment and the fight against drugs,” Roncagliolo said in a press conference with Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The head of European diplomacy arrived in Lima for a visit prior to the summit, which will be held on January 26 and 27 in Chile.

Ashton stated that during the meeting, the European Union will discuss social programs, climate change, and the fight against drug trafficking, among other issues. “We [the European Union] are very much aware of the regional bonds that have been developing, as well as the importance of Peru’s role in the region,” she said.

Furthermore, the diplomat stated that “all the challenges we are facing here (in Latin America) are also present in the European Union, and the challenges we face regarding climate change and drugs must be addressed jointly,” she added.

On the other hand, the Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs insisted that his country is committed to reducing drug production, trafficking and consumption, and that it is willing to work on this with other nations in Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union.

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala met with Ashton for more than 30 minutes in the Government Palace, although none of them made any press statements.