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Minister El Aissami: Venezuela's results in the fight against drugs contradict Steinberg's declarations

Tareck El Aissami, Minister of People’s Power for the Interior and Justice, in a response to declarations by James Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State of the United States, displayed a long list of successes in Venezuela’s the fight against drugs that are recognized by the U.N., and asked why the United States does not do the same.  In his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing, Steinberg declared that “Venezuela is one of the principal drug transit countries in the Western Hemisphere” because of its “geography, rampant corruption, weak judicial system and lack of international counter narcotics cooperation.”

“The U.S. government campaign in this matter is based solely on trying to discredit the effective actions of the Bolivarian government.  We have said so and have shown it with results: 14 dismantled laboratories, over 54 tons of seized drugs, 14 drug paramilitary leaders and drug lords deported to Colombia and the United States,” asserted Minister El Aissami.

He further indicated that Venezuela “has signed cooperation treaties with 14 countries around the world, including countries in Europe, but we cannot allow that they use Venezuela as a base for military operations.”

“We are next to the biggest drug producing country and in front of the biggest consumer, which is the United States.  Apparently we are the only ones responsible.  What irony!  In any case, we also urge the government of the United States to show its drug prevention policies to reduce its population’s demand, which has become a global public health problem,” the Minister emphasized.

Venezolana de Televisión (VTV), Telesur, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office/January 23, 2009

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