CND Day 3 – Venezuela’s Plenary Statement on the Political Declaration and Plan of Action

Acknowledges the impact and dimensions of world drug problem. Venezuela recognises the threats to some countries but this should not serve as a pretext for punitive military measures against other countries. States should use existing political and legal platforms to promote responses based on international cooperation. There is a road map that already exists to address this problem.

Venezuela is aware of the effects of drug problem on certain member states. However the involvement of the Security Council could be problematic. The Security Council could replace the prerogatives of the General Assembly, which could lead to negative results. The General Assembly and ECOSOC are the natural, appropriate spheres to address this problem. The issues arising from illicit drug trafficking are a matter of a criminal nature – not a threat to international peace and security. The drug problem must be addressed in the spirit of international cooperation and using the machinery of the United Nations and in the principle of non-intervention.

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