PACIFIC NATIONS USED FOR DRUG TRADE: UN REPORT

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

March 1, 2002

Jim Hess is quite correct in his letter, published March 1. [Pacific Nations Used For Drug Trade: UN Report]

[Also see: Pacific Nations Used For Drug Trade: UN Report] 

The UN INCB report at paragraphs 557/558 includes the gratuitously inaccurate statement regarding the FATF (even the FATF has removed the label 'unco-operative' in regard to the Cook Islands at least) but does not state, as the UN information officer is reported as claiming, that the named island countries, including the Cook Islands, are transhipment points.

The introduction to the report itself baldly states: 'An increasing number of Pacific Islands is (sic) becoming offshore financial centres which could provide opportunities for drug traffickers to launder their illicit profits.'

Thus not only does the INCB report attempt to draw unsubstantiated conclusions by reference to a quite different topic, but the UN 'information officer' says it states something it doesn't.

I emailed Radio Australia pointing our the errors, but have had no response.

Regards,

David McNair Law Research Corporation 10877 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 1403 Los Angeles, CA. 90024 Telephone: 310 443 0086 Fax: 310 443 5536 Email: dmcnair@offshorecontact.com 

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