ACCESSION NUMBER:218242 FILE ID:TX-401 DATE:03/05/92 TITLE:EDITORIAL: SAN ANTONIO SUMMIT (400) (03/05/92) TEXT:*92030501.TXT EDITORIAL: SAN ANTONIO SUMMIT (400) (Following is an editorial, broadcast by the Voice of America March 5, reflecting the views of the U.S. government.) President George Bush and the leaders of six Latin American nations met last week in San Antonio, Texas, to reaffirm their commitment to the war on illegal drugs. The presidents of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, along with the foreign minister of Venezuela, and the United States, agreed that much progress has been made since a summit in Cartagena, Colombia, two years ago. This year's summit ended with a joint declaration outlining new strategies for international narcotics control. President Bush highlighted some of the important points of the joint declaration. First, he said, "drug control and strengthening the administration of justice includes programs to interdict trafficker aircraft...to control essential chemicals and money laundering, and to increase judicial cooperation. Number two, economic and financial areas focus on investment, trade, debt, alternative development, and for the first time, the environmental destruction that is caused by drug trafficking. And three, prevention and demand reduction." Commenting on the success of multinational efforts since the first drug summit, President Bush pointed out that: "Top traffickers are dead or jailed; record levels of cocaine and other drugs have been seized; cultivation has leveled off; interdiction is up worldwide; we have cracked down on drug users; consumption is declining as our people increasingly reject drugs, especially our youth; our judicial institutions are stronger, better able to meet the challenge; our efforts against money laundering, chemical diversion and illegal arms exports are improving." President Bush said the United States will continue to attack the demand side of the international drug problem. But he also called for more cooperation and greater effort by countries most concerned with the supply side of the problem. Eradication of drug producing crops, stepped-up 1nterdiction efforts, more cooperation in detecting and seizing drug traffic revenues and better intelligence are needed to stop the deadly flow of illicit drugs. "If we do not work together," President Bush said, "the traffickers will destroy us separately." President Bush also stressed that the fight against drugs must always conform to democratic principles. "None of us wants a drug-free dictatorship," he said. We must protect the human and civil rights of our citizens. We are all committed to defending democracy and its principles as we defeat the scourge of drugs." NNNN .