UN Counter Drug Director Calls for Extra Support for Central America

By Dialogo
September 26, 2012

On September 24, Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), offered his firm support to Honduran President Porfirio Lobo and Central America in the fight against drug trafficking, stating that the region needs more assistance in that battle.

‘‘My message is clear: Central America is facing violence and our role is to work jointly with member states to offer further support and assistance,’‘ indicated Fedotov after meeting Lobo before the start of the UN General Assembly on September 25, in New York.

‘‘Even though not all violence in Central America is linked to illicit drug trafficking, we cannot forget that the region is trapped between the northern drug consumer countries, and the southern drug producers,’‘ he recalled.

Fedotov spoke with Lobo about the commitment that UNODC has to strengthen marine ports and airport security in Honduras in order to control containers through a global program, and AIRCOP, an international cooperation initiative between Latin America and West Africa.

In past months, Central America has increased its requests for international support to confront drug trafficking.

On September 27, Fedotov will submit a new report about threats to Central America, such as cocaine traffic, weapons smuggling, and human trafficking.

‘‘We must have information about criminal networks, not only about the products they are selling. These groups are involved in several criminal activities,’‘ he concluded.