United Nations Pledges Sufficient Funds to Help Guinea Bissau Hunt Down And Punish Cross Border Criminals And Drug Smugglers
The United Nations has pledged sufficient funds to help Guinea Bissau hunt down and punish cross-border criminals and drug smugglers, a communiqué from the world body disclosed Sunday.
The details of the communiqué were released at the end of a meeting between former UN envoy to Guinea Bissau Joseph Muta Boba and a Security Council delegation.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said he was alarmed and concerned over the new wave of drug smuggling in the country since the April 12 military coup and instructed the UNSC to engage with the authorities in Guinea Bissau and ratchet up the campaign on criminals and drug traffickers active in the West African sub-region.
The UN chief also urged the transition government to intensify efforts towards the restoration of constitutional rule in Guinea Bissau, a country with a history of civil strife since her independence from Portugal in 1976.
The transition government in Bissau for its part professed a willingness to collaborate with the UN in the collection of additional data regarding the identities and activities of individuals involved in drug smuggling and organized crime in the country.
In recent years Guinea Bissau has been among a host of countries in West Africa linked to the narcotic drugs trade between cartels in Latin America and clandestine markets in Europe.
Source African Press Agency
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