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U.S. urges sanctions against threat of West African drug traffickers

07-16-2010 15:51 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, July 15 (Xinhua) -- A senior U.S. diplomat said here Thursday that narco-trafficking in Guinea-Bissau is "a clear and present threat" to West African stability and security, and asked that other nations impose sanctions on individuals involved in these crimes.

The statement came as Brooke Anderson, U.S. alternative representative to the United Nations for special political affairs, was speaking to reporters at the end of the Security Council meeting on the situation of the West African country.

"Narco-trafficking and the effects of drug money in organized crime are a clear and present threat to the stability and security in Guinea-Bissau and the region," she said.

"The United States is committed to achieving a lasting stability and peace in Guinea-Bissau and we are deeply concerned about the current political security situation both in that country and the implications for the region," Anderson said.

Since gaining its independence from Portugal 35 years ago, Guinea-Bissau has been characterized by political instability and several coups, most recently in April 2010. There is much concern that drug trafficking may be taking place in part through Guinea- Bissau's government and military, further destabilizing the already fragile country.

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