"The important leaders of Guinea Bissau and heroes of the struggle for liberation" as noted below were also very busy creating and profiting from the creation of West Africa's first real narco-state. Parabens.
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009 10:54 PM
Subject: XG Confident on Rapid Solution for Guinea Bissau
Africa: East Timor Defence Minister Confident on Rapid Solution for Guinea Bissau
27 May 2009
Luanda East Timor's Premier and Defence and Security Minister, Xanana Gusmão, on Wedneday in Luanda, expressed his higher solidarity to Guinea Bissau, confident that the political-military crisis in that African country would be solved rapidly, Angop has learnt.
"I reiterate my deep condemnation against the attempts that claimed the lives of important
leaders of Guinea Bissau and heroes of the struggle for liberation", he said while addressing a speech at the opening of the 11th meeting of the defence ministers with the Portuguese-speaking Countries Community (CPLP).
Guinea-Bissau has become the first African narco-state, where South American traffickers have set up their headquarters and hideouts for large-scale cocaine smuggling operations into the European Union (EU).The former Portuguese colony in West Africa is the fifth poorest country in the world, with a per capita income of just 856 dollars a year. Yet the country is awash with cash.This flow of wealth is not benefiting the people, who have become used to seeing powerful and expensive vehicles in the streets of the capital, Bissau, and luxury mansions owned by people linked to the Government, who mysteriously got rich overnight.The basically unguarded coastline of this small country of 36,125 square kilometres and 1.5 million people has become the main stepping stone on cocaine’s long journey from Latin America’s Andean region to its destination in Portugal or Spain.In response to allegations by activists and journalists of complicity between people in positions of power and the South American drug lords, President Joao Bernardo Vieira, Prime Minister Martinho Ndafa Cabi and Foreign Minister Maria da Conceiçao Nobre Cabral have only said that they are "prepared to fight the problem."A report on the phenomenon by renowned Portuguese international analyst Ana Dias Cordeiro published by the Lisbon newspaper Público Thursday said the "shroud of silence" on drug trafficking in Guinea-Bissau has included threats and pressure on judges "not to investigate people involved in the drug trade."
Sound familiar. Thanks be that South America is a long way a way.