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The Americas approved Hemispheric Anti drug Strategy at CICAD session in Suriname

Chandrikapersad Santokhi Minister of Justice and Police of Suriname and CICAD Chair Photo Credit Credit: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS

The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved the Plan of Action of the Hemispheric Anti-Drug Strategy, which will be the basis for designing national policies of members of the OAS, and will focus on five main issues: institutional strengthening, demand reduction, supply reduction, control measures and international cooperation.

Through a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico (SRE) indicated that during the regular session of CICAD, held in Paramaribo, Suriname, the OAS Conference adopted the document which sets the objectives and activities to be undertaken during the period 2011 – 2015.

“This plan has as main purpose to apply, in all countries involved, the Hemispheric Anti-Drug Strategy for public policies and programs to address this global problem”, he said.

Mexico coordinated the main Working Group of the conference and promoted initiatives for achieving consensus among the participating delegations, said the Mexican Foreign Ministry.

On their participation, the SRE explained that “Mexico sought to have the action plan to consolidate the axis of the hemispheric agenda in the fight against drugs and that was the benchmark for plans and programs that establish and support mechanisms cooperation between Member States in the period 2011-2015. ”

The Foreign Ministry also reported that among the proposals presented by Mexico and that were approved and included within the regional strategy are: reducing drug demand, implementation of measures to combat money laundering, strengthen mechanisms for secure information sharing, strengthen mechanisms to prevent the diversion of precursor chemicals used in drug production and to counter the illegal arms trade.