The FARC is currently involved in negotiations with Juan Manuel Santos’ government, in order to put an end to more than 40 years of violence. Panama seized about 35 tons of drugs in 2012, while 39 tons were confiscated in 2011, although most seizures were made in 2009 and 2010, with 54 tons each year, official records showed. “We are forced to confront a new generation of organized and sophisticated criminals that disrespect law and constitutionality,” said the head of state. The Darien area has always been a conflict area for Panama, not only due to guerrilla presence, but also due to drug trafficking operations. “When I took office in 2009, 25% of the Darien area was under FARC control,” Martinelli said during a speech before the Panamanian Congress, adding, “today I can assure you that Panama has 100% sovereignty over its territory.” Martinelli stated that “criminal organization proliferated because of weak state institutions” and added that most countries in the region are facing a “dramatic increase in violence, crime and the presence of organized crime.” By Dialogo July 08, 2013 According to official figures, 80% of the cocaine that enters the United States does so through Central America, and comes from South America. During a joint operation that was conducted in that area with the Colombian Army on June 18, Panama destroyed about 5,000 coca plants, as well as a lab for processing these plants into cocaine. On July 1, Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli stated that the guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was in control of 25% of the Darien jungle in 2009, a Panamanian area on the border with Colombia. Panamanian authorities consider that drug smuggling in their waters has decreased due to law enforcement presence and from ‘Operation Martillo’, a multinational counter drug effort launched by the United States and Central America in January 2012.
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise In-form Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, scored a superb hat-trick as they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 in their Premier League clash on Saturday. Visiting Chelsea thus spoiled the home side’s celebration of the 130th anniversary of their Molineux Stadium. The game bursted into life just past the half-hour mark when Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori’s dipping drive from outside the box wrong-footed Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio and flew into the net. Abraham then struck his first goal three minutes later, making the most of the advantage granted by referee Graham Scott to take a touch and swivel before firing home. He headed a second before halftime to send his side into the break 3-0 up. The Chelsea academy product, who has spent spells on loan at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa, completed his hat-trick 11 minutes into the second half before limping off. He was replaced by Michy Batshuayi in the 77th minute. Wolves pulled a goal back in the 69th when Romain Saiss’s header went in off Abraham for an own goal and striker Patrick Cutrone bundled home another in the 85th. But Mason Mount fired home Chelsea’s fifth to complete the rout five minutes after Cutrone’s goal. Chelsea, who host Liverpool next week, are up to sixth on eight points while Wolves, who visit Crystal Palace looking for their first win of the season, are 19th on three points. Reuters/NAN.Tags: ChelseaFikayo TomoriPremier LeagueRui PatricioWolverhampton Wanderers
Mauricio Pochettino speaks about needing time to build a squad after Spurs draw 1-1 with Sheffield United CHRIS WILDER called for a major review of VAR after Jon Moss failed to follow the Premier League’s OWN guidelines to deny Sheffield United a famous victory.After video ref Moss controversially ruled out a Blades goal at Tottenham following FOUR MINUTES of analysis.2 Chris Wilder was proud of his team’s performance… but fuming with VARCredit: EPAAnd, after the 1-1 draw, Blades boss Wilder said: “I’m 100 per cent sick of talking about VAR.“We went to a Premier League meeting on Thursday to discuss VAR and they told us that any offside had to be clear and obvious.“Well, this wasn’t clear and obvious because there seems to be confusion about whether the Tottenham player’s armpit was ahead of John Lundstram’s big toe.“There’s no doubt that VAR is here to stay but certain aspects it are spoiling the game and we need to have a big look at it in the summer.“I’ve been in the game since I was 16 and some of the decisions this season have left me scratching my head.“There was for us also confusion as to when is the reset. Lundstram has crossed from the right, the ball has come back out, we’ve attacked down the left side and then they rule offside from the first cross.“What really disappoints me is the talking point should be how my team went toe- to-toe with the Champions League finalists in their own backyard but all we’re speaking about is VAR.”Lundstram’s toe led to David McGoldrick’s ‘goal’ being disallowed two minutes after Son Heung-min’s opener. But the official VAR image appeared to show Lundstram was played ONSIDE by the head and shoulder of Eric Dier.2 David McGoldrick’s ‘goal’ was disallowed by VAR after FOUR minutesCredit: GettyEven Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “For me the referee must be the boss on the pitch but with VAR he isn’t.“It’s difficult to accept and I understand Chris is not happy with that goal being disallowed. I empathise with Sheffield United.”Former Premier League ref and SunSport expert Mark Halsey said: “Is this system fit for purpose? At the moment you have to say it isn’t.“The buck stops with Mike Riley. The Premier League is being undermined by the implementation of VAR.“The camera angles we are seeing need to be parallel with the offside incident — that was not the case here.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spot“Also, the offside occurred in the previous phase of play so it should not have been checked.”Wilder added: “My heart was in my mouth every time they went to VAR.“I’m just glad our ‘second’ goal was given.”