Guinea Bissau wants help to fight drug traffickers

31st May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Guinea Bissau's president on Monday called for an international effort to help him fight drug trafficking in his west African country.

"This problem is not strictly Guinea Bissau's problem," said Malam Bacai Sanha, who is among the 38 African leaders attending an Africa-France summit in the Riviera city of Nice.

"It is a global problem and I am convinced that the only way to win this battle is to unite our efforts," he told a news conference.

Terrorism and drug trafficking are among the topics to be discussed by the African leaders at the summit hosted by President Nicolas Sarkozy who is seeking to renew France's ties with the continent.

"What I expect is a commitment to fight trafficking. We expect international coordination," he said.

Guinea Bissau is considered a major hub for drug trafficking, used by Latin American cocaine gangs who ship their supplies to Europe.

© 2010 AFP

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