Peru presents strategy to fight drug trafficking to the UN

LIMA,PERÚ-19 SEPTIEMBRE. La jefe de DEVIDA Carmen Masías durante la firma del convenio interinstitucional con CENCICO y GPO de Brasil para brindar capacitación laboral a jóvenes del Monzón en Huánuco. Foto: ANDINA/Carlos Lezama

16:00 | Vienna (Austria), Mar. 13.

Peru's National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida) President Carmen Masias spoke at the United Nations and explained the cornerstones of the fight against drug trafficking.

The new National Strategy to Fight Drugs 2017-2021 is aimed at preserving health, well-being, and security of both Peru and the international community. Likewise, it has been developed on the basis of a broad, integrated and balanced approach.

During the Sixtieth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) held in Vienna, Devida's head said drug trafficking in Peru has infiltrated political parties in a bid to come to power directly and have presence at posts subjected to popular elections.  

In light of this, she continued, the Government prioritizes an intervention aimed at enforcing the rule of law, which cares for human rights and security of individuals, seeks incentives to prevent and mitigate citizens' participation in the illegal cocaine market.

"Peru seeks to face the illegal cocaine market in a sustained and balanced way, but we believe that confronting drug trafficking is a joint effort of responsible nations, mainly of top consumer and producer ones […]," she added.

Masias is confident Peru will continue to work together with all cooperating countries, in order to face challenges and threats posed by the drug problem, in full compliance with and respect for human rights.

According to Devida's head, Peru expects to achieve the goal of a society free from drug abuse, and reiterated the Government's commitment to addressing the world drug problem. 

The Sixtieth session of the CND runs on March 13-17.


Published: 3/13/2017
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