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Molina: complex situation

SEDRONAR chief Juan Carlos Molina visits an impoverished neighbourhood last week.

New drugs chief warns against ‘opportunism’

The head of the state-run Secretariat for the Prevention and Fight Against Drugs (SEDRONAR) Father Juan Carlos Molina yesterday referred to the document signed by the Catholic Church and opposition leaders against drug-trafficking and said he hoped the release was not “opportunistic.”

Molina regretted the fact that his meetings with the head of the Social Pastoral Commission of the Argentine Synod, Jorge Lozano — who signed the news release along with opposition leaders — were not publicized as much as the document itself.

“I wasn’t called (to sign the document),” Molina said. “But if the message had been more clear, we could have avoided an unnecessary political use.”

On December 19, Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri (PRO), national lawmakers Sergio Massa (Renewal Front), Margarita Stolbizer (GEN), Hermes Binner (FAP), Pablo Javkin (Civic Coalition) and senators Ernesto Sanz (UCR) and Fernando “Pino” Solanas (UNEN), along with Libres del Sur leader Humberto Tumini, met with Lozano — who is also Bishop of the city of Gualeguaychú — in the Argentine Synod (CEA) headquarters.

At the end of that meeting, leaders signed a statement calling for “basic measures to public policy-making regarding consumption and drug-trafficking.”

Fighting drug crime

Molina — who was appointed in November to replace Rafael Bielsa — acknowledged the situation of the war on drugs in the country is “complicated,” but he was also sure to make it clear the situation is not dire.

“I think (this issue) can be controlled. It is surely a problem now, but it’s also fired up and installed (by certain media outlets),” the SEDRONAR head told newspaper Tiempo Argentino.

“There is another phenomenon that occurs in several other countries and we should prevent from happening here,” Molina said.

“When the drug-dealer becomes the state: when he builds a school, a health centre... That’s really serious.”

The official of the agency created in 1989 following DEA recommendations revealed his relationship with Pope Francis is “very good” and said the former Buenos Aires archbishop has been in touch more frequently since he was appointed Pope.

Herald staff

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