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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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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