Venezuela rejects U.S. accusation of not fulfilling anti-drug accords

13:08, September 18, 2010      

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Friday rejected the U.S. accusation that Venezuela failed to make enough efforts to cooperate with the United States in combating drug trafficking.

A White House report published on Thursday said that Venezuela had given up renewal of a drug cooperation accord with the United States and apparently let drug trafficking flourish there.

At a meeting with leaders of the ruling Socialist United Party, Chavez said that Washington was actually interventionist while it pretended to be the judge of the global drug trafficking combat, adding that the accusation against his country was irresponsible, unilateral and arbitrary.

The United States is going against the international law and does not have the morality to comment on the efforts made by the Venezuelan government in curbing drug trafficking, Chavez said.

"The U.S. government should worry about its big internal issues, which have affected its people and institutions, and the country has turned into the main illegal drug consumer, a paradise to make illegal money from drug trafficking and the major marijuana producer in the world," Chavez said.

Chavez said that in 2010, his government had seized some 46.40 tons of different drugs and tailed over 7,000 people related to drug trafficking.

"For five consecutive years our country has been declared territory free of illegal harvests, thanks to the efforts of our military and police forces," Chavez said.

Venezuela has been criticized by the United States for not working hard to control drug trafficking and transnational crime since 2006, although the nation is constantly striving more aggressively to stop the trafficking, a report of the Venezuelan Embassy in the United States said in February this year.

Source: Xinhua


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