U.S. Embassy Montevideo - Archives
EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ESPAÑOL

Uruguay, U.S. Sign Narcotics Control Agreement

Marks partnership in efforts to end drug abuse

Posted: September 23, 2005

Lic. Jorge Vazquez, president of the National Drug Secretariat (JND), and James D. Nealon, U.S. Chargé D´Affaires, sign Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement at a ceremony held September 22, 2005, in the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
>Click to enlarge photo
 

Lic. Jorge Vazquez, president of the National Drug Secretariat (JND), and James D. Nealon, U.S. Chargé D'Affaires, sign Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement at a ceremony held September 22, 2005, in the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Lic. Jorge Vazquez, president of the National Drug Secretariat (JND), and James D. Nealon, U.S. Chargé D´Affaires, shake hands following the signing of Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement at a ceremony held September 22, 2005, in the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
>Click to enlarge photo
The governments of Uruguay and the United States signed a Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement on September 22, 2005, aimed at stopping the production, the transport and the use of illegal dugs. The U.S. government is awarding the government of Uruguay $50,000 to support efforts to end drug abuse. The grant is an example of the balanced approach in the struggle against drug addiction, that is paying attention both to education, prevention and treatment to reduce the demand for drugs, and to interdiction and law enforcement efforts to choke off the supply of drugs.

The proposal has four components: providing information and community outreach efforts to alert the public about the dangers of drug use and helping people stay drug free; improving police effectiveness, and professionalism; improving the capacity of the local institutions to prevent the laundering of drug profits through the financial system; and finally enhancing border control.

Uruguay has been making great efforts to provide more drug treatment to those struggling with addiction through the National Drug Secretariat (Junta Nacional de Drogas - JND) under the leadership of Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez and the direction of Lic. Jorge Vazquez, Pro Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic. The police and the armed forces have made aggressive efforts to stop the illicit trafficking of drugs within the country.

U.S. Chargé D’Affaires in Uruguay James Nealon welcomed the partnership stating that the scourge of drugs is a global problem and emphasizing that “at stake is nothing less than the future of our youth, our communities and our societies.”

A transcript of Jorge Vazquez and James Nealon's remarks is available in Spanish.


###

 

 

/ Return to:  Home l Previous page
 
/
Jump to:  2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  |  Official Website