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Homeland Security

Washington File

26 June 2003

U.S. Praises Colombia, Mexico for Cutting Poppy, Heroin Supply

(ONDCP Director Walters' statement on global day against drugs) (520)
The United States has praised Mexico and Colombia for their efforts to
reduce the production and supply of poppy and heroin.
In a June 26 statement marking the 15th annual International Day
Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, U.S. Drug Czar John
Walters said Colombia and Mexico, among others, "are demonstrating
that cooperation, dedication, and hard work in attacking the illicit
drug trade lead to success."
Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control
Policy (ONDCP), said global cooperation "is crucial to reducing the
flow of illicit drugs."
Drug trafficking is a "criminal industry that can be broken by
attacking its many vulnerabilities," said Walters. He added that the
United States is working more closely than ever before with its
international partners to put an end to the trafficking of illicit
drugs.
Walters stressed that the United States will continue to work with
nations throughout the world "to strengthen democracy, eliminate drug
trafficking, and reduce the suffering caused by drug abuse and
dependency."
Following is the text of Walters' statement, as released by the ONDCP:
(begin text)
WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF NATIOANAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY
Washington, D.C.
For Immediate Release
June 26th, 2003
U.S. DRUG CZAR OBSERVES INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND
ILLICIT TRAFFICKING
John Walters Highlights U.S. and Multilateral Efforts to Reduce Drug
Use Among Youth
Washington, D.C. -- John P. Walters, Director of National Drug Control
Policy (ONDCP), and President Bush's "Drug Czar," today observed the
15th annual International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit
Trafficking. Established in 1988 to commemorate the International
Conference Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, the yearly
celebration highlights the importance of community and family dialogue
about drug use, particularly between parents and children; effective
prevention and treatment efforts; and reducing the production and
trafficking of illegal drugs.
Director Walters stated, "This day should serve as an important
reminder that while the problems of illicit drug use and trafficking
are truly international, the solution to these problems lies in every
home and community. Talking about drugs, especially parents talking to
their children, is the first step toward dispelling the myths that can
lead young people down the path to drug use and dependency."
Director Walters also praised the progress of other nations,
particularly Mexico and Colombia, for reducing the production and
supply of poppy and heroin. "International cooperation is crucial to
reducing the flow of illicit drugs," said Director Walters. "Drug
trafficking is a criminal industry that can be broken by attacking its
many vulnerabilities. The United States is working more closely than
ever before with its international partners to put an end to the
trafficking of illicit drugs. Mexico and Colombia, among others, are
demonstrating that cooperation, dedication, and hard work in attacking
the illicit drug trade lead to success." He concluded, "The United
States will continue to work with nations throughout the world to
strengthen democracy, eliminate drug trafficking, and reduce the
suffering caused by drug abuse and dependency."
(end text)
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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