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    UNIS/CP/804
    20 January 2015

    UNODC chief meets President, officials, on support to counter drugs, crime and violence in Honduras

    20 January (UN Information Service) - The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, met President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras during a visit to the country to discuss UNODC support for national and regional efforts to counter illicit drug trafficking and organized crime as well as strengthen prevention.

    Mr. Fedotov welcomed the government's recent announcement that the country's homicide rate had decreased in 2014.

    "The Government has reported a very welcome drop in the homicide rate, and UNODC is committed to supporting these significant efforts," he said. "As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also emphasized on his recent visit to Honduras, we note the measures to improve the security situation and commend the President for the leadership and commitment to protect human dignity and human rights."

    The Executive Director emphasized the importance of UNODC's strong partnership with Honduras and the region.

    "I welcome this opportunity to meet the President and government officials to discuss how we can further strengthen this cooperation and improve responses against drugs and organized crime," he said, following a press conference on 19 January with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Security and Defence in Tegucigalpa.

    During his visit to Honduras, the Executive Director also met Mauricio Oliva, President of the National Congress; José Thomas Zambrano, President of the Commission for Security Affairs and Public Welfare; Secretary of Security Julian Pacheco Tinoco; Secretary of Defence Samuel Armando Reyes; Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Arturo Corrales; Director of Intelligence Carlos Roberto Aldana; Attorney General Oscar Fernando Chinchilla; Oscar Gómez Medina, Director of the Honduran Institute for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction; and Ramón Espinoza Guzmán, Executive Director of the Honduran National Institute of Statistics.

    He also visited the offices of the Statistical Online Police System and the Observatory of Coexistence and Citizen Security to discuss their work.

    Mr. Fedotov will continue his visit to the region in Nicaragua, where he will have meetings with the President and government officials.

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    For further information, please contact:

    David Dadge
    Spokesperson, UNODC
    Telephone: (+43- 1) 26060-5629
    Mobile: (+43) 699-1459-5629
    Email: david.dadge[at]unvienna.org