DRUGS/UN: THE TRANSNATIONAL RADICAL PARTY DENOUNCES THE FAILURE OF ALTERNATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN LATIN AMERICAN AND UN COLLABORATION WITH SOUT ASIAN REGIMES.
Thanks to its Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, the Transnational Radical Party will participate in the 45th session of the Commission on Narcotics with its delegate Marina Sikora from 11 to 15 March. This year’s Commission will be asked to examine policies of alternative development and eradication of crops in view of a Ministerial meeting that will be held next year to evaluate the projects launched by Pino Arlacchi a the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) of 1998.
Statement of Marco Cappato, MEP and Marco Perduca, UN TRP Representative, members of the Extraordinary Political Board of the Transnational Radical Party:
“Contrarily to what UN official data regarding the production, consumption and trade of drugs could suggest, the Commission on Narcotics is ready to adopt a series of documents that will actually ratify the failures of the alternative development and crop eradication policies it has been promoting over the last four years. Right from the launch of this new “War on Drugs”, presented by former UN Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) Director, Mr. Pino Arlacchi in 1998, as an effective cure to a terrible disease, the Transnational Radical Party has monitored the work of the UNDCP criticizing its overall policies as well as Mr. Arlacchi’s management. Mr. Arlacchi’s mandate at the UNDCP expired last January, but there is the risk that his prescriptions will be administered without any control or evaluation.
At the Commission on Narcotics, the TRP will denounce how the War on Drugs has suspended the full enjoyment of civil and political rights in Latin America (in particular with regard to the case of Bolivian Member of Congress Mr. Morales Ayma expelled for a period from his Parliament) and how UNDCP fostered political, technical and economic cooperation contributes to the strengthening of military juntas like the Burmese one or authoritarian regimes such as Viet Nam and Laos, which in the last few years have become real narcocracies.
The organization and coordination of an international antiprohibitionist front to reform UN policies and the UN Drug Conventions will be one of the central themes of the 38th Congress of the Transnational Radical Party that will take place in Geneva from 4 to 7 April