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ARGENTINA.— On May 15, Cuba attended the Cooperation Programme on Drug Policies between the European Union and Latin America (Copolad) Annual Meeting, during which strategies and mechanisms to combat this problem were discussed.
The island’s delegation includes director of International Relations at the Ministry of Justice, Claudio Ramos; Patricia Flechilla, representative of the Ministry of Foreign Relations’ Multi-lateral Affairs and International Law department; and third secretary at the Cuban Embassy in Argentina, Gretter Alfonso.
During the inauguration of the five-day encounter, Ramos described Cuba’s participation in the Copolad program as very useful to training specialists who work with the National Drug Commission.
He also noted that cooperation by the island on this issue began before an agreement with the EU was reached, highlighting the country’s special efforts to prevent and combat drug use and trafficking.
Ramos also highlighted the work of Copolad, which according to the Cuban official, represents an opportunity to promote both regional and bilateral cooperation.
He went on to note however that within the Copolad program, more attention must to be focused on specific issues affecting the regiona, emphasizing the importance of participation by representatives from Caribbean states in the meeting.
The annual encounter, organized by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and member countries of the European Union, will continue through May 17.
Also taking place at the same time in Argentina is the 19th High Level Meeting of the Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism on Drugs between CELAC and the EU.

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