Honduran leader cites shared role against crime

U. N. member states have a shared responsibility to combat organized crime, particularly illegal drug trade, the president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, told the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday. He called on countries to work together to address this issue.

Activities such as money laundering, bribery, drug trafficking, forgery, piracy, as well as arms and human trafficking are “dangerously polluting our societies and governments and constitute an international threat that must be analyzed, comprehended and fought against by every member of the United Nations,” Lobo said in his statement to the 67th UN General Assembly’s General Debate, which began Tuesday.

“The fight against illegal trafficking, particularly of drugs and its related activities, is a shared responsibility,” he added.

Scores of the world’s heads of state and government and other high-level officials are expected to present their views and comment on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends Oct. 1

In his statement to the gathering, the Honduran President stressed that organized crime has sparked an increase in violence in his country, and underlined that measures need to be taken not just by countries that are being affected by this type of violence, but also by those who are creating demand for these illegal activities.

“My country and our citizens are victims of the bottomless appetite for drugs in developed countries, and of the greed of producers and traffickers that enrich themselves with enormous profits stained with the blood of innocent people,” he said, adding that that even though Honduras is not a drug consumer or producer, it citizens continue to die because of organized crime.

“But Honduras has not ignored this grave problem,” he continued. “In spite of our limited economic resources we are facing challenges with the necessary determination to provide integral solutions to this situation.”

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