Latin American and Caribbean Drug Czars in Lima

first_img The trafficking of drugs by air and sea will be one of the central topics addressed by the top antinarcotics officials of Latin America and the Caribbean (HONLEA) at their meeting in Lima from 4 to 7 October, the organizers announced. The twentieth HONLEA meeting will also have as a goal that “the participants share their experiences and management strategies along the borders of their countries’ airspace,” Peru’s National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida) announced Sunday. Rómulo Pizarro, the head of Devida, indicated to the press that during the four days of the international event, the chief trends in illicit drug trafficking, the forms of regional cooperation, and the possibilities for technological support in confronting this problem will be analyzed, among other topics. He indicated that the reports and recommendations issued at the end of the summit of top antinarcotics officials will be submitted to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs. HONLEA is the United Nations forum that brings together the continent’s top antinarcotics officials, who periodically analyze the latest trends in the worldwide drug problem. Pizarro said that clandestine flights are one of the methods used in Peru to transport drugs to other countries. “In recent years, the major development has been the use of clandestine airstrips located in the regions of Loreto and Ucayali in the northeast and in Sandia Carabaya in the south.” By Dialogo September 28, 2010last_img