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Spain and The Americas will Coordinate Attack On Cocaine’s ‘African Route’

Spanish Secretary of State for Security, Antonio Camacho

The Spanish Secretary of State for Security, Antonio Camacho, speaking at the 12th Meeting of the Cooperation Mechanism on Drugs between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean, which is being held this Monday and Tuesday in Madrid, highlighted the importance of the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean and West African countries working together to combat drug trafficking.

Camacho referred to the so-called “African route” for cocaine trafficking, which he said is one of the areas of greatest concern to the EU countries and one they are determined to combat.

He said the Spanish Presidency of the EU will drive forward a coordinated effort to improve cooperation to combat the organisations that use Africa as a route for trafficking illegal substances between America and Europe.

The Latin American countries share this concern and this has led them to undertake cooperation initiatives with the countries of West Africa. These countries, he said, require technical and financial support to make them more effective in pursuing criminal organisations that use Africa as a hub.

The EU/LAC Mechanism has been in operation since 1998 on a dual level, with quarterly meetings of the Technical Committee in Brussels and the high-level meeting held each year alternately between the EU and the LAC area. READ MORE HERE.