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UN to fight crime in W Africa

2009-07-09 11:33

The United Nations is launching a multi-agency program to fight organised crime across West Africa.

Porous borders and weak security institutions have helped transform the region into a major transit hub for cocaine traveling between South America and Europe.

Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, says the initiative would have the support of several UN agencies, including Interpol, to help combat the increasingly powerful crime groups.

Costa said on Wednesday that the groups also are involved in smuggling counterfeit medications, stolen oil as well as toxic waste for dumping in West Africa to avoid strict environmental regulations elsewhere.

SAPA