Heinrich, Mark 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2017
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1 Poor Countries 'In Chaos' After Ten Years of UN's War on DrugsThu, 12 Mar 2009
Source:Scotsman (UK) Author:Heinrich, Mark        Lines:83 Added:03/12/2009

A UN anti-narcotics drive has backfired by making drug cartels so rich they can bribe their way through west Africa and central America, UN crime agency chief Antonio Maria Costa has admitted.

The ten-year "war on drugs" had cut drug output and user numbers, he said yesterday. But as a "dramatic unintended consequence" profit-gorged trafficking gangs had destabilised nations plagued by poverty, joblessness and HIV-Aids.

"When mafias can buy elections, candidates, political parties, in a word, power, the consequences can only be highly destabilising," Mr Costa, head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, told a UN drug policy review meeting.

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2 UN's Worldwide Anti-Drugs Campaign 'Has Made No Progress'Wed, 11 Mar 2009
Source:Scotsman (UK) Author:Heinrich, Mark        Lines:36 Added:03/11/2009

A GLOBAL campaign by the United Nations to cut supply and demand for illegal drugs has made no progress, a European Commission report has said. The report yesterday came on the eve of a ministerial-level meeting in Vienna by the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs to review the ten years since the campaign was launched.

Papering over dissent on how to make anti-drug policy more effective, UN members are expected to sign a declaration committing themselves to the programme for another decade.

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