Drug trafficking and organized crime threaten stability of Guinea-Bissau

Joseph Mutaboba

Drug trafficking and organized crime remain a constant threat to the fragile stability of Guinea-Bissau, one of the poorest countries in the world.

That's what the top United Nations envoy in the country, Joseph Mutaboba, told the Security Council during his briefing on Thursday.

There are suspicions that members of the armed forces in Guinea- Bissau are working with Latin American criminal syndicates to smuggle cocaine to Europe through the West African country.

Mr. Mutaboba said fighting drug trafficking in the country is a major challenge.

"The efficient combat against drug trafficking in Guinea-Bissau continues to be hampered by a variety of internal and external political and technical factors. Furthermore, the lack of reliable data on the actual quantities of drugs that transit through the national territory adds on to the difficulties to address the matter with the national authorities."

Duration: 20"

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