Peru: Uniting against Drug Trafficking
By Dialogo October 01, 2012
Peru’s President Ollanta Humala, above, speaks at the opening of the
International Anti-Drug Conference in Lima, Peru, on June 25, 2012. Sixty-eight
countries and 10 international organizations gathered to discuss efforts to unite
against drug trafficking.
President Humala said that a collaborative approach is required to identify
and neutralize cocaine trafficking routes.
“It is important that we do not speak about consumer and producer countries,
a perspective that has not brought us success,” he told attendees. “All countries
must come together and search for ways to cooperate, exchange technical assistance
and share successful experiences.”
Brazil’s ambassador to Peru, Carlos Lazary Teixeira, proposed that in
addition to bilateral cooperation and exchanges, the Union of South American Nations
(UNASUR) could also play a role.
Peru is the world’s leading cocaine producer with an estimated yield of 325
tons per year, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. The
majority is trafficked to Europe, with only 4 percent reaching the U.S. At the
conference, Peru and the European Union negotiated an agreement, worth 34 million
euros ($42,649,600), that will help Peru implement its 2012-2016 Anti-Drug Strategy.
It involves a series of programs targeting drug production, trafficking, consumption
and related crimes. Sources: www.larepublica.pe, www.elmundo.es