Venezuela rejects infamous US memorandum on drug-producing countries (+ Statement)

The National Government, led by the constitutional president, Nicolás Maduro, energetically rejected the inconsistent memorandum of the Joseph Biden administration, which establishes “The main countries that produce illicit drugs or drug transit, important for fiscal year 2023”, published on September 15, 2022.

The statement from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela highlighted that the US assertions reveal the total ignorance of the commitments of the Venezuelan State in its tenacious fight against illicit drug trafficking, which follow the foundations of the United Nations.

Following, the full statement:

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela strongly rejects the inconsistent Memorandum by the Joseph Biden administration, of an interfering nature and with a legal lack, on “the main countries that produce illicit drugs or transit important drugs for fiscal year 2023”, published last September 15, 2022.

In that infamous publication, the faithful fulfillment of the international commitments of the Bolivarian Government is unknown, whose tenor to address the permanent fight against illicit drug trafficking has been under the foundations of the United Nations and in total aversion to unilateral practices of evaluation politicized.

It is ostensible that since the expulsion of the Drug Control Administration (DEA) from Venezuela, the Bolivarian Government has achieved, with sovereign policies, the largest seizures and confiscations in history and has waged a merciless war against drug traffickers and irregular groups by outside the law, thus registering in 2021, the record for the seizure of 51 tons of drugs in more than 5,000 procedures.

The White House, once again, seeks to issue unfounded judgments that justify its annual expenses to supposedly address the great public health problem that drug use represents in the United States, which, according to the 2022 Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), claimed around 107,000 lives in 2021.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela condemns the role of the US administration in pretending to be the policeman of the international arena and persisting in the imposition of extraterritorial policies.

The Bolivarian Government reaffirms its unrestricted and unconditional commitment in the frank, frontal and sincere fight against drug trafficking, as well as in addressing the impartial evaluation under multilateral mechanisms, in order to maintain and preserve the sovereignty of Venezuela.”