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President Chavez: South America will design its own ways to fight drug trafficking

Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan Chief of State, insisted this Tuesday that if the Unites States really does want an efficient strategy against drug trafficking, there is no need to increase its presence in Colombia, nor use seven military bases in Colombian territory.

The Venezuelan President highlighted the fact that to fight drug trafficking, the alliance between every country in South America, grouped in the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), would be ideal. “This should be the priority, instead of giving more bases to the United States, who hasn’t solved the problem”.

He informed that it would be useful to study the experiences of countries like Venezuela, not only in the matters of the seizure of narcotics and illegal substances, but in capture of heads (or Drug Lords) of the international drug trafficking networks; efforts that has been recognized by the United Nations (UN).

 “Only in this year, we have captured 9 Drug lords and seized more than 20 drug trafficking air vessels” said the Venezuelan Chief of State.

The Venezuelan President indicated that it is of the upmost importance to open a space for dialogue, where Uribe and Obama, could meet with the other southern Heads of State “to talk about the matter, clear things out in areas which some doubts have risen in”.

Finally, Chavez mentioned that it would be very positive to rely on Uribe’s presence in the next UNASUR conference, taking place at the end of August, and that the United Nations Conference would be an appropriate occasion “To meet over there with Obama, so he can respond to us in high end dialogue, a dialogue of Heads of States.”

Bolivarian News Agency, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the US/ August, 12, 2009

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