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U.N. urges better cooperation on drug trafficking

  1. buseman
    VIENNA (Reuters) – Drug traffickers are making hundreds of millions of dollars every single day and countries must step up cooperation to stop an illegal trade which fuels global terrorism, the United Nations crime chief said on Monday.

    Drug trafficking continues to be the most lucrative line of business for criminals, said Yuri Fedotov, a Russian diplomat who took over as executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) earlier this year.

    Cocaine and heroin traffickers are earning almost $280 million every day, he added at the start of a week-long meeting in Vienna to review global progress on the issue.

    Fedotov urged better use of the U.N. Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, a pact adopted in Palermo 10 years ago which he said was a major landmark in international law providing a basis for extraditions, intelligence-sharing and joint investigations.

    He said his office knew of only 19 states, out of the 157 countries which have ratified the convention, which had used it to facilitate international cooperation, including extraditions, to combat criminal gangs.

    When we will be united I think we will have better chances to win this war, he said. The convention is a powerful tool, but it remains underutilized.

    Fedotov said cocaine smuggled from the Andean region to North America and Europe and heroin trafficked from Afghanistan to Europe were worth $72 billion and $33 billion annually -- money he said was being invested in criminal businesses and fuelling terrorism.

    He estimated that human trafficking of mostly women and children to Europe for sexual exploitation brought in $3 billion each year while smuggling of migrants from Latin America to North America earned $6.6 billion.


    19 Oct, 2010


  1. LordeV
    Oh really, UN? Do your hive-minded institution actually believe that drugs are still being trafficked just because Governments are failing to cooperate among themselves, like trying to block the sun with a sieve? Please, do you still entertain the fancy idea that, despite trillions of dollars spent every year on policies that fail majestically again and again, you will win the war by enforcing a contract among countries to sell-out their dealers to whatever court is more blood-thirsty for their highly intoxicated vital sap? To think an institution of this weight and importance might fall to such naïve, and frankly, stupid strategies tell us a lot about the World's current affairs and the ones who pretend to rule for our best interests.

    Yes, UN—keep pressing, keep pressing, keep pressing the red button! Keep catching a few hundred tons of this here, jailing a few dirty-feet dealers there, send the Big Fish from one country to the other, make it a circus, make it sound like the triumphant legions of Rome are back home, making the world safer for the Romans and bringing civilization to everyone else. Alas, Rome is not safe and Barbarians are at the gate. When will the Holy Ones, the Untouched Ones, the Most Prominent Ones, the Deva, the Gods and Immortals will finally descent from their high thrones and see the bloody battlefield of their wars? Are we to believe innocence in their good intentions? Or malevolence in their bad deeds? Who am I to ask, I'm just another peon on their chessboard.
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