Ms. Chinchilla tells U.N. drugs threaten rule of law

Ms. Chinchilla in the midst of the Costa Rican U.N. delegation

President Laura Chinchilla told the U.N. General Assembly Thursday that Central America is the victim of a new and terrible aggression. She meant drugs.

“It has generated insecurity, debilitated institutions, corrupted officials, driven addiction, truncated the lives of thousands of youth, destroyed families and converted humble single mothers into criminals. This scourge has eroded the basic structure of our social fabric and has put in peril the very existence of the rule of law in some of the countries.”

She said the region has become prey to a malevolent geopolitics because of its location between the centers of drug production and demand. She said the region must bear the burden of the human costs and said the impact here was collateral damages.

To change this she said she demands “that the international community, in particular the greatest consumers of drugs and suppliers of arms that materialize the violence, assume completely and without further delay, the responsibility of their actions.

Among other things, the nations of the world need to produce a robust, comprehensive and demanding arms treaty “capable of successfully controlling the flow of the machines of death that provoke all types of conflicts,” she said

Ms. Chinchilla was speaking at the opening debate of the international body. This is the time of year when leaders of the world’s countries say what is good and what is not so good about their current situation.

For Ms. Chinchilla it was a time to seek international aid.

She said that Costa Rica cannot achieve its development goals without international assistance. “Our relative success should not be penalized, but rather stimulated,” she said.

President Chinchilla also took a swipe at Nicaragua for its invasion of the Isla Calero a year ago.

“Last October, Nicaraguan troops and civilians invaded and occupied part of our national territory, in clear violation of our sovereignty, border treaties, and international law,” she said, adding:

“After exhausting all possibilities of a worthy bilateral agreement, we appealed to different forums of the regional and international system. Our neighbor’s government disowned several of them. Finally, thanks in part to the urgent orders of the International Court of Justice, the Nicaraguan contingents had to leave our ground. Nonetheless, while we waited for the final ruling of the Court, Nicaragua, ignoring its orders, has continued the provocations and violations during the provisional measures; more so, it has threatened with other actions that can infringe on our territory. We hope that this does not occur. But, if it were, we will reactivate our action using the mechanisms of the international system.”

She suggested that international organizations should act more quickly in response to aggression.

“lt should react, not as a function of the quantity and magnitude of the detonations, but rather to the severity and persistence of the violations,” she said. “Otherwise, the message to the world would be disastrous. It would imply that, in order to mobilize diplomacy, the shortest route is that of blood. As a country and as a people, we emphatically reject this idea.”

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