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Lima, Nov. 29 (ANDINA). Peru can continue counting with the support of the United States in its fight against drugs, US Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Ambassador William Brownfield said Tuesday.
Peruvian President Ollanta Humalameets with US Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Ambassador William Brownfield. Photo:ANDINA/Prensa Pres
Peruvian President Ollanta Humalameets with US Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Ambassador William Brownfield. Photo:ANDINA/Prensa Pres

“I bring three messages. First, the concept of joint responsibility and the fact that Peru can still count on the US government, in its efforts to combat, resist, reduce and eventually eradicate this problem,” he stated after meeting with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala.

In statements to the press, Brownfield mentioned that the second message was that Peru will have its own national strategy, and representatives of the international community will have to decide how to support it in order for the strategy to be more effective and efficient.

“In that sense, we need to prioritize our efforts and focus our resources in areas where they have more impact.”

The third message consists on explaining the international community that maybe 30 years ago this problem was approached in a bilateral way between Peru and the United State. However, this fight implies involving new countries and partners now.

“Some 30 years ago, the issue of illegal drug was a problem between Peru and the United States, a bilateral matter. At present, illegal drug does not necessarily goes from north to south, but from east to west, and new markets, new countries and new partners need to be included.”

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Date: 29/11/2011
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