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Vatican signs treaties against drug trade organised crime and terrorism

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican signed three international treaties supporting the fight against the illegal drug trade, financing terrorism and organised crime on January 25. 

By signing onto these international legal instruments, the Vatican “confirms its intention as well as its effective and practical commitment to collaborate with the international community in a manner consistent with its nature and mission, with a view to guaranteeing international peace and justice,” Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican secretary for relations with states, wrote. 

The Vatican ratified the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances to help “contribute and to give its moral support to the global prevention, repression and prosecution of drug abuse and the related problem of illicit trafficking in narcotics and psychotropic substances,” the Vatican secretary of state, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, who certified the declarations, wrote. 

The cardinal added that the Vatican adopted the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism in an effort “to contribute and to give its moral support to the global prevention, repression and prosecution of terrorism and to the protection of victims of such crimes.” He said, “Instruments of criminal and judicial cooperation constitute effective safeguards in the face of criminal activities that jeopardise human dignity and peace.” ......

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