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Costa Rica asks UN for more help to fight drug trafficking

Costa Rican officials are pushing for more involvement by the United Nations in the “designing and implementation of well-balanced strategies on the drug trade,” Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo told the UN General Assembly on Monday, the last day of the UN’s annual high-level meeting.

He noted the Central American region especially has been affected by the increase of drug trafficking and international organized crime. 

Castillo also said that environmental, social and economic vulnerabilities are among the reasons why “middle income countries, like Costa Rica, still need the support of the international community to consolidate improvements in economic conditions and human development.”

Castillo called for a UN reform, including expanding the 15-member Security Council and improving its working methods.

The Costa Rican foreign minister is one of the world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual, national and international relevance at the assembly’s general debate, which ended Monday.

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