The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela ratified this Tuesday before the United Nations (UN) its commitment to the international control conventions for psychotropic and narcotic substances and to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
In his speech at the 64th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the superintendent of the National Anti-Drug Office (ONA), M / G Richard López Vargas, pointed out that in the midst of the global health difficulties resulting from COVID-19 Venezuela has made titanic efforts without any type of international cooperation to not give up its fight against drugs, being one of the countries with the lowest prevalence in the consumption of psychoactive substances worldwide.
He assured that this is one of the challenges to which this South American nation joins, in the midst of the imposition of unilateral coercive measures by the United States and its allies, in addition to the manufacture of tendentious accusations that seek to distort the reality of the country and to threaten sovereignty and stability.
In this regard, he urged States to respect the principle of international law, of common and shared responsibility, in order to maintain fluid direct and permanent communication channels to take actions on the events that may appear around the problem.
He recalled that the country is located in an area where there are several corridors that try to make use of illicit trafficking, before which the National Executive aply actions aimed at making the nation a territory free of illicit drug cultivation to prevent and combat drug operations of criminal groups that intend to use Venezuelan territory as a trafficking route to the Caribbean, North America and Europe.
At the end of his speech, Superintendent López Vargas expressed the desire of the Bolivarian Government to have an INCB mission in Venezuela once the COVID-19 situation improves, while reaffirming the commitment to the international mandates in the multilateral sphere in full respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, sovereignty of States and non-interference in their internal affairs.