G-8: With U.S. and canadian support, Colombian President Uribe denounced the link of terrorism and drug trafficking.
G8 leaders and outreach nations gather for a group photo at the G8 Summit at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario, June 25, 2010. Pictured top row, left to right: European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, South Africa President Jacob Zuma, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Bottom row, left to right: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Haitian President Rene Preval, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and US President Barack Obama. (Xinhua/Pool)
Toronto (Canada) .- In the first intervention by a Latin American country before the G8, the Colombian president, Alvaro Uribe, linked terrorism and drug trafficking and asked the international community to assist colombia in the fight against the FARC, according to EFE report .
Uribe, who was invited by Canada to participate in a special meeting of the leaders of G8 countries along with two other American countries who suffer from drug trafficking, Haiti and Jamaica, made two statements during the Summit. “In the first procedure express how the issue of narcotics and terrorism can not separate. A country like Colombia is still suffering terrorism because it has narcotics,” said Alvaro Uribe in a press conference following the G8 meeting.
Uribe words were heard not only by the leaders of the eight most industrialized nations of the world, but also by the leaders of seven African countries (Algeria, Senegal, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Egypt) to which Canada also invited to attend the first day of the summit.
The G8 is particularly concerned that criminal drug trafficking organizations operating in South America take advantage of the weakness of African states to establish their operations on the continent in connection with terrorist organizations. Shortly before the start of the G8 summit, a senior Canadian official said that the growing links of Al Qaeda in Africa with drug trafficking was one of the main reasons why the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, had decided to invite Colombia, Haiti and Jamaica to the forum.
United States has also pointed out that there are links between Al Qaeda, nomadic Saharan Africa and the FARC for the distribution of drugs into Europe through Africa.